Of A Third Party To
Manage The Site
BY SARAH GREGORY
Greeneville and Greene County are seeking proposals from third parties for the management and operation of Kinser Park.
Greeneville City Administrator Todd Smith says the decision to request third-party proposals was made during discussions between Kinser Park Commission Chairman Lloyd "Hoot" Bowers, Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels, and Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles.
"They made the decision, 'Let's just see what's out there,'" as far as opportunities for Kinser Park go, Smith said.
"We've come to realize that maybe we need more than [joint-venture] agreements [between the Town and Greene County] in place.
"Maybe we need to fundamentally think about the way we're operating. Maybe we can find a way that's more efficient and will deliver more options for the citizens," Smith said.
When asked Wednesday by The Greeneville Sun about current Park Manager Shari Oster's status, Smith said that Oster may also submit a proposal for consideration.
Oster confirmed to the Sun that she does intend to submit a proposal.
"I plan on submitting a proposal. I want to stay on," she said.
Oster was hired as Kinser Park manager in late March. Prior to that time, she served as interim park manager following the death of her husband, Rex Oster, in early February.
Rex Oster was hired as Kinser Park manager in 2011.
After the proposals are received, "we'll either go with one of the proposals or keep things the way they are," Smith said.
"We're just wanting to see what other options there are," he said.
MANY ENTITIES INVOLVED
A decision on the proposals will likely take some time to be made, as a number of different entities -- the Kinser Park Commission, the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the Greene County Commission, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which owns the park's land -- will have to be consulted.
"Ultimately, we have to get input from TVA as well, since they own the land. There are a number of players involved," Smith said.
A news release from the Town of Greeneville says the successful proposer would enter a five-year commitment to operate and manage the day-to-day activities of the 360-acre overnight camping and recreational facility located in southern Greene County.
Management would be subject to the oversight of the Kinser Park Commission; TVA; the Town of Greeneville, which is the current fiscal agent of the park; and Greene County, the news release stated.
Park amenities include: 117 seasonal campsites with full electrical and water hookups, 35 rentable nightly campsites, 30 campsites without electricity, six bathhouses, eight picnic pavilions with electricity and water, an office that includes a game room and general store, five baseball/softball fields, a swimming pool with a waterslide, five miles of hiking trails, two tennis courts, a boat ramp with access to the Nolichucky River, a 10-hole golf course with clubhouse, and a miniature golf course.
Interested parties are expected to submit a detailed description of an operating plan including the following aspects:
* staffing requirements to operate and manage all facilities of Kinser Park, to include position titles and an organizational chart;
* programs to be conducted at Kinser Park, to include a detailed description of utilizing the existing amenities;
* a plan to adhere to the public recreational purposes as detailed by TVA;
* a plan to adhere to the existing operating agreement between the Greeneville Marlins Association, Inc. and the Kinser Park Commission;
* any special requirements from the requestors necessary to implement the proposal;
* a tentative fee schedule for users of Kinser Park;
* compensation to be paid to the requestors;
* payment terms and other commitments both financial and non-financial to the requestors and TVA;
* anticipated economic impact on the local economy;
* anticipated impact on Kinser Park's infrastructure;
* anticipated impact upon the requestors and TVA resources, including infrastructures;
* a marketing plan; and,
* anticipated usage and traffic count by season and holidays.
DEADLINE JUNE 25
Proposals must be submitted by mail or hand-delivery to: Greeneville Town Hall, Attention: Todd Smith, City Administrator, 200 N. College St., Greeneville, TN 37745.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 5 p.m. on June 25.
The entire Request for Proposals can be viewed at the Town of Greeneville's website at http://www.greenevilletn.gov
For more information, please call Greeneville Town Hall at 639-7105.