Supervisors want to meet with rec and park board

Published 7:15 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A request for an additional $45,000 by Warren County’s Recreation and Parks Commission has District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon calling for a meeting to discuss the department’s finances.

“Can we have a meeting with the department of rec board and just talk about what’s really going on besides bad weather?” Selmon asked.

County administrator John Smith said he would try and arrange a meeting Aug. 28, when the Board of Supervisors holds a work session at its office on Jackson Street.

Smith presented the commission’s request at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting.

“This is additional funding to the $361,000 we’ve already given them this year,” he said. “They’re looking for an additional $45,000 just to get their accounts payable through August. We don’t know about their accounts payable for September, which is the last month of the fiscal year. They’ll be given one quarter of their allotment for the next fiscal year on Oct. 1.”

District 1 Supervisor John Arnold said he could see advancing the commission money because bad weather affected activities at Clear Creek Golf Course and other sites operated by the commission.

But he said the commission has been advised to raise fees “which they did not do to raise money, and they were instructed two weeks ago what to do. They had a meeting — they were to raise fees to cover those extra costs. I hope they did that.”

Smith said he has not received a report from the commission.

“We (the supervisors) have not either,” Arnold said, “and I don’t want us not to meet our obligations not paying bills.”

The board approved a motion by Arnold to give the commission the money, but to deduct it from its next quarterly allotment.

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