A year has passed since Josh Applegate took over food and beverage service at Devil's Thumb Golf Club, and the arrangement has proven so successful both the city and Applegate have agreed to extend the contract three years.
Applegate is in charge of the snack bar and vending machines in the clubhouse, as well as a city-owned concession cart which is operated on the golf course.
There was just one hiccup in the lease approval — councilmember Guy Pfalzgraff objected to a clause which grants annual golf passes to both Applegate and his wife.
"That's a benefit we don't even allow city staff," Pfalzgraff said. "It's not fair."
City employees are allowed to golf at no charge as part of the city wellness program. The privilege does not extend to spouses.
Applegate said he feels it's critical for both him and his wife to interact with the men's and women's club members, as well as other golfers on the course.
Applegate also requested a couple of other changes in the lease agreement. He asked for the roads to the golf course be plowed to the gates to provide year-round access. On the days the golf course is closed, he would like his rent to be pro-rated since his business is driven primarily by golfers. The contract specifies rent of $550 per month, with $18.08 to be deducted each day the golf course is closed due to weather conditions between the months of November and March.
Councilmember Ed Sisson congratulated Applegate on his "outstanding food and service," and city manager Joe Kerby said the arrangement has allowed golf course manager Rob Sanders to focus his attention on the golf course itself.
The lease renewal was approved by a 4-1 vote, with the understanding that snowplowing would not be a priority. School and emergency routes will remain the city's primary focus immediately following snowstorms.blog comments powered by Disqus