City of East Ridge forming parks, recreation department

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A group of angry parents and coaches from East Ridge's youth sports leagues are threatening to leave the city's Camp Jordan complex after the City Council voted 4-1 to create a Parks and Recreation Department to oversee their associations.

During the special meeting Tuesday night, the council voted to budget $50,000 for a parks and recreation supervisor, who will oversee the soccer, baseball and softball leagues.

Dozens of league participants showed up to protest the ordinance, while a cadre of East Ridge residents came to support a move they believe will save taxpayer dollars.

Though the city's notice of the meeting invited the public to attend, it was held it in a conference room where only about 20 onlookers could crowd in before city officials said fire code wouldn't allow any more.