Country club lease in BG remains safe PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:29
Retired Dr. Dave Miller, 83, left, places the pin back in the hole after finishing play on the par 3 second hole with Dean Augenstein, 86, at the Bowling Green Country Club along Fairview Ave. Miller has been playing golf there since 1964. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green Municipal Administrator John Fawcett and Mayor Richard Edwards told the city's Board of Parks and Recreation Tuesday night they are not seeking early termination of the city's lease with Bowling Green Country Club.
The topic came up Oct. 13 at the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green's candidate forum.
Fawcett said the lease, which runs through 2015, does have a clause dated Dec. 31, 2015, that allows either party to give the other a two-year notice of termination. "We have two different legal opinions on this," Fawcett said. "One says we can give notice as early as Dec. 31, 2013, the other says notice can be given in the two years after 2015. In any case, another section of the lease requires that any secured debt held at termination becomes the responsibility of the city."
The lease runs through 2025. BGCC pays the city $3,000 a year and is responsible for all groundskeeping and upkeep of the leased land.
Fawcett said the administration is concerned about the city picking up the cost of upkeep of the grounds and added the city does not have the workforce to handle the task.
"One other component in this is that the golf course does serve a certain section of the community, especially for those who don't want an 18-hole course. It is an easy course for people to navigate," Fawcett said.
He also said that while social memberships at the club have declined, golf memberships have remained solid and greens fees have been adjusted to help maintain finances.
He pointed out the course is open to everyone.
The board also:
•    Briefly discussed the city's pending purchase of the Ridge Elementary property. Edwards said he is hopeful that residents of the First Ward will step forward with ideas and support about how they want to see the area used. Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore said any playground equipment at the site will have to meet national playground standards in order to be covered under the city's liability insurance.
•    Set the board's final meeting of 2013 for Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Simpson Building.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:32

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