Monday, September 17, 2007

Roanoke City Council Meeting – Word for Word

Item 6 – a) – 8. Authorize the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Operating Agreement with the Meadowbrook Golf Group, Inc., on behalf of the City of Roanoke, providing for an extension for the term November 1, 2007, through October 31, 2008.

Councilman Lea asks “in talking with some citizens over at Countryside about this golf course there has always been a concern about maintenance and that the golf course has not been maintained the way it should be. Is there anything here that assures us that it will be maintained properly?

Mrs. Burcham’s response, “We have had discussions with Meadowbrook golf and they are willing to add as an attachment to the lease their Standard Operating Procedure which is used in all their golf facilities as the maintenance standard by which this particular facility, Countryside, will be judged and will be maintained. I don’t know if you were a recipient of the email or not from Ms. Garner over the weekend where she said that she was pleased to see that we have in fact addressed the maintenance issue . Now these are core standards that are applied to the golf course itself and so any concerns you have heard about the play area or the area that is used by the golfers is clearly going to be covered by this standard operating procedure that Meadowbrook has agreed to adhere to.”

Vice-Mayor Trinkle, “I’m glad the maintenance is covered in this because this has been a common .. we’ve mentioned I guess a few meetings ago that we’ll over the next year we’ll go through a process of reevaluating the financial impact of the golf course and sort of re looking at where we go from here … do we have a timeline on when that will occur or when we’ll start on that?”

Ms. Burcham, “well I actually have a meeting I think next week to talk to at least one individual to start gathering that kind of information – we haven’t really set out a specific timeline but obviously would want to do our due diligence and come back to the Council in advance of a schedule that would call us asking for responses to a a specific request for services. so it would be in the early Spring I would anticipate that we would come back to Council – we’ve got a number of other other projects that are consuming allot of staff time right now so that one would be scheduled toward the end of this year and the beginning of next calender year.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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