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Claremont Council Split on Review of Parks & Rec Dept. Finances

Claremont city councilors are split on a proposal to spend roughly $33,000 on a review of finances of the Parks and Recreation Department and its community center.

According to the Valley News, the idea to hire an outside consultant to review the department was triggered during a spring budget review when a request was issued to hire a full-time maintenance worker at a cost of $60,000 annually. The request was denied by the council, which instead agreed to review the department to ensure it’s being run as efficiently as possible.

Councilors debated Wednesday the need for the review, with some arguing the city may not even follow through with the report’s recommendations. One councilor, John Simonds, went as far as to call the review a “slap in the face” to Parks and Recreation Director Mark Brislin, saying it suggests Brislin is not doing his job properly.

The council is expected to reach a resolution on the matter at its Oct. 12th meeting

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