By Wes Wolfe
The plan received vocal support before it was presented to the commission.
“I was able to meet with the new director and assistant director of the Parks and Recreation Department, and I was quite impressed by their program that they have for overseeing the golf course,” city Golf Course Advisory Board member John Pelican said. “I think both golfers and taxpayers will be happy with their oversight. I believe they can succeed in that mission, but I believe it will take your support.”
With the commission’s backing, the contract picks up where the present one runs out in 2023 and goes through Oct. 1, 2026.
“That would allow myself and staff to be able to hire leadership in that division, so that we can get someone that would want to come here and not just be here for less than a year,” new city Parks and Recreation Director Catherine Vorrasi said.
The city took temporary management of the course in May 2021 with city officials later deciding to extend that to Oct. 1 of this year, and in April moving that termination date out another year to 2023 on the recommendation of the advisory board.
Commissioner David Sturges said, “The golf course has been improving steadily since we’ve taken back management of it. It has been profitable this year, versus other years it hasn’t been. The staff has worked very hard — they’ve been very productive.”