CLAREMONT - Claremont City Councilmembers voted Tuesday night to use a general fund surplus of more than $1.8 million to establish a water system acquisition reserve fund and have it be used for other reserve funds.

The unanimous vote, according to a city council agenda report, allowed staff members to:

  • Establish a Water System Acquisition Reserve Fund and fund the reserve with a transfer of $300,000 of the available surplus
  • Transfer more than $500,300 of the surplus to the Operating and Environmental Emergency Reserve, bringing the balance to more than $6.1 million
  • Transfer $334,000 to the Maintenance of Operations Reserve, bringing the balance to $834,000
  • Transfer $334,000 to the Equipment and Facility Revolving Reserve, bringing the balance to more than $755,200
  • Made an additional payment of $334,000 during the 2012-13 year to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) to pay down unfunded liability on the city of Claremont's miscellaneous plan
"I want to thank staff for doing a good job in economic development," said councilman Opanyi Nasiali about the surplus. Councilman Sam Pedroza added that the $300,000 going toward water acquisition fund to try and purchase Golden State Water Company's Claremont assets "shows we're serious about this."

Additionally, a community and human services facilities, equipment and improvement projects approval and funding item was approved by the council.

The $109,725 in funds for the improvements comes from the Equipment and Facility Revolving reserve.

Councilmember Opanyi Nasiali said he did not like the purchase of a new 70-inch television instead of using a 55-inch television that was less than five-years-old.

"When I saw a 55-inch TV that is relatively new I have reservations about replacing it because one is better," Nasiali said.

Ultimately, the council decided to break up the vote into two parts.

The first part of the vote was to vote on all of the improvements except the television, which was approved but councilman Joe Lyons voted against it because he wanted the television included in the vote.

The second part of the vote was for the television, which was passed 3-2 with councilmen Nasiali and Corey Calaycay voting against it.


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