Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Countryside in Jeopardy Again

SignAlvin Nash is no longer on Council to guide Roanoke City Council on the golf course’s possibilities. First the golf course needs at most $1.2 million to upgrade the the irrigation system and cart paths and not $3 million. Second the 10-year lease in the Request For Proposal (RFP) can be terminated by the City after 5 years. Renewal for additional 5-years is dependent on the City’s perceived performance by the operator. This caveat will deter those who would otherwise make improvements. Without a firm commitment for a 10-year lease anyone who knows how the City of Roanoke operates will see that after 5-years the City could make any excuse to “yank” the lease no matter how well the operator maintains the property. Remember the closing of the Market building “for cleaning.” I can see we are closing Countryside for “safety reasons” or some such other contrived excuse.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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