Council OKs Hiring Director for Library, Recreation Depts.

The San Marino City Council has voted to fund and hire a community services director, setting up the hiring of a department head who will ultimately have control of both the Recreation Department and Crowell Public Library.
In approving the post, the council directed City Manager Marcella Marlowe at its meeting last week to eliminate the Recreation Department manager position at her discretion, the rationale being that the new director will be primarily focused on that department and that the money to pay for the position has to come from somewhere. Continue reading “Council OKs Hiring Director for Library, Recreation Depts.”

Committee to Look at Recreation Department

The city’s next steps regarding the Recreation Department will be among the first orders of business after the next fiscal year begins in September, following a unanimous City Council decision last Wednesday, June 13, to undergo an expedited scrub-down of the beleaguered department.
The City Council appointed Mayor Steve Talt and Councilman Ken Ude as an ad hoc committee that will work with a blue-ribbon panel of five residents to assemble a long-term plan for the Recreation Department that will ostensibly include community use and cost recovery parameters, establish a funding maximum for each fiscal year and identify programs to expand or eliminate. Continue reading “Committee to Look at Recreation Department”

Recreation Department May Phase Out Preschool Program

The City Council has directed the city to develop a plan to phase out the preschool program from the Recreation Department’s offerings to the public, the first step in what could be more changes to the department.
A separate motion to work on eliminating the department’s after-school programming failed simply because no council member seconded the motion. In the meantime, a separate motion directing City Manager Marcella Marlowe to meet with San Marino Unified School District officials on a possible after-school partnership passed unanimously. Continue reading “Recreation Department May Phase Out Preschool Program”