Two former town trustees think that Cedaredge's idea of charging $2,000 per month rent for the golf club restaurant space is too high a price. The amount is double the amount the last restaurant lessee was paying and is too much to ask for a new restaurant manager, the town board was told.
Former trustees Nelson Cederberg and Mike Meskel both addressed the restaurant issue at the town board's Nov. 21 meeting.
Cederberg noted that trustees were considering "double the past rent or approximately $2,000 per month plus utilities." He added, "I was shocked by this suggestion."
Cederberg said, "We know that five attempts to run this facility over a long period have failed and some of these (have) cost the water and sewer enterprise funds thousands of dollars, all of which have been paid for by increased rates from your constituents.
"As a (former) trustee that has been in the middle of this debacle for years, I suggest you set a goal to get a new (manager) in place as soon as possible and allow him to get off the blocks with some assistance in the rent category. This restaurant is our business and run by taxpayer dollars," Cederberg told the trustees.
Former trustee Mike Meskel, speaking during constituent time on the same issue, revised a statement he had made at a Nov. 14 town board special meeting on the restaurant. He told trustees that he was mistaken in a remark about town payments for the Wildfire's pizza oven.
He blamed lack of clarity in the Wildfire lease agreement on use of the term "trade fixtures" in the lease language. Meskel was a trustee when the lease was made. He said that the term "trade fixtures" was not defined and caused him to become confused on the issue of a $10,000 payment from the town to the former lessee to leave the pizza oven in place. The town's payment was in fact under the lease agreement, he acknowledged. Meskel suggested that such terms as "trade fixtures" be defined in future agreements.
Meskel also stated his view that only a minor portion of the total rent payments called for under the lease agreement with Wildfire had been made to the town by the November date when trustees accepted a lease termination agreement with the company.blog comments powered by Disqus