Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Ken Saunders mows the 11th fairway at Countryside Golf Course
The schedule is set according to Chris Chittum Roanoke City Planning Administrator. The Planning Commission will create and recommend a master plan for the 100+ acres once a public golf course.
Thursday at 4:00 p.m. planning commission members will start a tour of the property beginning at the 11th fairway. This is the fairway carefully maintained by greenskeeper Ken Saunders who’s home joins the 11th green. They will make the “rounds” of the entire property. Neighbors are invited to tag along.
They will reconvene in Engineering Department conference room afterward if time permits.
Other meetings will take place during their work sessions through January 2011 with an open house scheduled for January 27. Discussion of final report is planned for February 24. Presentation to city council is expected in the Spring.
Roanoke city purchased the golf course for $4.1 million in 2005. The loan on the property at 6.25% for 15 years has added over $1 million of interest to the price. City council voted to shut it down in closed session in February. It closed for good March 1. The contract with the management company fell through when council pulled the plug on $1.2 million of repairs. The loan is still outstanding with principal still due of $2.9 million. The city is in salvage mode now – a result of a long string of poor decisions is costing taxpayers plenty. However the real victims are the residents of this Northwest neighborhood.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Tags: Countryside, study