Monrovia : City to Sponsor Club

The Monrovia Aquatics Club will remain a city-sponsored program, at least for another 18 months, the City Council decided Tuesday.

The Community Services Department had recommended that the 45-member club become independent, but a large turnout of supporters at City Hall Tuesday persuaded the council to continue subsidizing the club’s activities for now, Councilwoman Mary Wilcox said.

After 18 months, the city will evaluate whether the club should become independent, City Manager Jim Starbird said. Until then, the city will help pay for coaches and insurance, he said. Starbird said the city spends $2,500 or less each year to support the club’s programs.