Starting next fall, Village Academy's preschool through 12th-grade students will be on the same campus.

Starting next fall, Village Academy's preschool through 12th-grade students will be on the same campus.

The academy's preschool program currently is in a facility in Wolf Commerce Park, and will be move onto the main campus.

Powell City Council on Nov. 16 approved development plans for Village Academy's proposed preschool building.

The private school will build a two-story, 8,800-square-foot building to be built at 216 S. Liberty St. The house that sits on the 1.98-acre property will be demolished.

The preschool will serve 88 students. It will include nine classrooms, a multi-purpose room, a dining room, a media center and administrative offices. A parking lot with 36 spaces also will be constructed.

The project's architect, Kevin Harrison, has said the project is slated to be completed for the autumn 2011 preschool session.

In other business, city council said the city parks and recreation programming should be self-sustaining.

The recreation programming budget is separate from the parks department's budget. The parks department budget handles expenses including maintenance of parks, restrooms, ponds and playground equipment, office expenses, and wages and benefits for four full-time employees and te seasonal staff.

The proposed 2011 budget for the parks and rec programming is $149,330.

Large expenses in the budget include wages and benefits totaling $40,530 for a part-time rec leader and five seasonal employees, $55,000 in pay for contracted instructors, $17,900 in operating supplies, $14,000 in brochure printing fees and $3,500 in postage.

The department's programming revenue is estimated at $180,114. The parks and rec programming fund is estimated to have a $37,114 carry over balance on Jan. 1.

Other revenue comes from $107,550 in activity fees, $500 in donations and a $35,000 transfer from the general fund.

It's the $35,000 general fund transfer that council members agreed should stop.

The function of recreation programming is a "nonessential government service" said councilman Don Grubbs.

"Since it's not a core government service, it should be self-sustaining," Grubbs said. The department should cut expenses or find a way to bring in more funds, he said.

Council members Richard Cline, Art Schultz, Jim Hrivnak and Brian Lorenz agreed. Council member Sara Marie Brenner was absent from the meeting.

Council also heard from several Powell business owners who said they are still frustrated by parking issues in the downtown area.

Much of the discussion centered on a commercial building at 8 N. Liberty St. which now houses the Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and the Candle Lab.

Customers to the building can use the four private parking spaces on the property (one of spaces is for handicap parking) or they can use street or city lot parking. The property owner of the building has contracted with the city to use the lot on 44 N. Liberty St.

Two area commercial property owners, Vince Margello and Chris Freiheit, said their concerns were realized during the ice cream shop's first week of business.

They and Local Roots restaurant owner Jessi Iams told city council they watched as vehicles pulled into the private parking lots for their customers and walked to the ice cream shop.

Margello said council is being irresponsible by not requiring businesses that open in the downtown to have enough parking spaces.

Freiheit said that the reputation of his business, the Powell Liberty Antique Mall, 22 N. Liberty St., is suffering. When ice cream shop patrons are told they can't park in his private lot meant for his customers, they say won't shop at his business, he said.