Response to Roanoke Times Editorial: Expect the unexpected

Monday, June 28, 2010

Response to Roanoke Times Editorial: Expect the unexpected

On Friday June 25, The Roanoke Times editorial board proclaimed that Countryside is a lost cause. Writing about the recent news that the bid for the Market building renovation came in well under budget, the RT said, “There is no bad news — unless those hankering for the city to reopen Countryside Golf Course attempt […]

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Why did Meadowbrook sell Countryside Golf Course?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Why did Meadowbrook sell Countryside Golf Course?

With this question being asked ad nauseam including by city manager Chris Morrill on Sunday here is the memo for the 100th time. The underline on the memo was not done by me. The handwriting by Darlene Burcham reads “Beth, please prepare a letter to Jackie Schuck (Director of Roanoke Regional Airport) at airport re […]

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Concerns over procurement transparency are warranted

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Concerns over procurement transparency are warranted

Council member Court Rosen on September 1 communicated directly with one of the responders to the Request For Proposal (RFP) to manage Countryside Golf Course. In an email exchange with Meadowbrook’s Vice-President of Operations, Scott Beasley, Rosen wrote to Beasley: “You are asking someone who does not believe we should, as a city, own the course. […]

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Countryside shutdown – employees being wooed by another group

Monday, October 5, 2009

Countryside shutdown – employees being wooed by another group

SETUP FOR FAILURE? If you thought things could not get worse well think again. With council members consistently absent  there never seems to be enough council members to move things along. The same thing happened with the capital improvement bond vote on September 8. There will be no smooth transition from one management group for Countryside […]

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Information Obtained as Council Member Used to Package a Proposal to Manage Countryside Golf Course

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Information Obtained as Council Member Used to Package a Proposal to Manage Countryside Golf Course

As the contents of two of three proposals make the rounds to golfers and the Countryside Golf Course neighborhood, it becomes more apparent that Roanoke City is mismanaging this procurement for services. The neighborhood, golfers and even the responders to the Request for Services are becoming increasingly frustrated and caught in the middle while Council […]

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One Countryside Golf Course Management Proposal Looms Large for Council Monday

Sunday, July 5, 2009

One Countryside Golf Course Management Proposal Looms Large for Council Monday

All three proposals for management of Roanoke’s City-owned Countryside Golf Course will be laid before members of Council in a “closed door” session Monday morning. This is not the usual procurement process. A committee usually makes the selection and not City Council. The process is in place to protect against any protest by proposal responders. […]

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Provision Added – Countryside Golf Club

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A provision was added to the operating agreement between the City and Meadowbrook Golf Group, Inc. At the October 23rd City Council meeting an Ordinance was adopted to extend Meadowbrook’s operation of Countryside Golf Club for a period of one year. The agreement was effective on November 1, 2008. The modification was as a result […]

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Waiting For Response From Meadowbrook

Friday, September 26, 2008

I asked Brian Townsend again last night if he had received a response from Meadowbrook, current operators of Countryside, whether they would be willing to operate the golf course through June, 2009. This is what the City Administration and City Council agreed to do while drafting a Request For Proposal (RFP) to solicit proposals from […]

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Relief – VP of Operations, Meadowbrook

Monday, November 26, 2007

Those who are on my email list received the very comforting response from the VP of Operations at Meadowbrook Headquarters in Florida. Just that he took the time to reply was a welcome surprise to me after Mr. Smith said he would not talk to me/us about the property anymore. Mr. Beasley seems to appreciate […]

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Meadowbrook Silent on Property Sale

Monday, November 26, 2007

LEFT: BEFORE ———————RIGHT: AFTER ———– CLICK TO ENLARGEIt seems the word has come down from Meadowbrook Corporate Headquarters to Countryside Management that they “can’t talk to us anymore about the property”. This is according to my call today to Steve Smith, General Manager of Meadowbrook. I said “I understand from Chris Chittum of the Roanoke […]

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Extension of Operating Agreement with Meadowbrook

Friday, September 14, 2007

Monday, September 17th, 2:00 PM on Agenda Item 6. a. 8 (7:00 PM meeting canceled):Dear Mayor Harris and Members of City Council:Subject: Extension of Operating Agreement for Countryside Golf Course Background:On November 10, 2005, the City executed an agreement with Meadowbrook Golf Group, Inc., to operate the Countryside Golf Course for a period of one […]

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Countryside 2006 Budget per Meadowbrook

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

This 2006 Budget projection was emailed from Geary Leathers to Ms. Burcham on August 19, 2005. I noticed that the tennis building lease is $22,500 while the City is being paid only $17,500 a year. Meadowbrook has a sweet deal. CLICK HERE to read the Roanoke Times article on the Tennis Building. This budget does […]

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