A public forum hosted by the Town of Cedaredge provided an opportunity for residents to ask questions about the golf course, and for town officials to put several rumors to rest.
The first is that recent utility rate increases are tied to golf course subsidies, and specifically to a $81,950 loan from the water fund that was written off.
Cedaredge taxpayers have contributed another $12,000 toward keeping the golf course in business following action by the town board on Jan. 19.
In order to "keep the golf course from being short of cash at the end of 2016" said Town Administrator Katie Sickles, the trustees approved another infusion of funds into operations there.
Money paid by Cedaredge residents for their water and sewer service is being used to keep the golf course open after the town enterprise ran out of operating cash.
At its regular Oct. 20 meeting, the town board adopted a measure transferring $8,000 cash from the water fund and an additional $8,000 cash from the sewer fund to the golf course fund because it ran out of money for operations at the end of its busiest summer season.
The magazine "Colorado Avid Golfer" recently conducted an online survey to determine the recipients of its annual CAGGY awards for the Best of Colorado Golf. A record 3,862 online votes were cast, and for Best Western Slope Course, Devil's Thumb Golf Club came in second, behind The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction.
The Cedaredge Town Board reviewed documents citing $131,575 in additional 2016 expenses for the golf course fund and restaurant operation at its meeting on Feb. 18.
Board members were also presented with a spreadsheet business plan outlining a budget for town operation of the golf course restaurant during 2016.
The Town of Cedaredge will be issuing a request for proposals for management of the golf course restaurant following action of the town board at its regular meeting on Dec. 10.
Any responses to the town's RFP are to be reviewed by trustees at their next official meeting -- a work session on Jan 14.
The Cedaredge Town Board has doubled the monthly paychecks for trustees and increased the mayor's pay while saying it isn't a raise.
Under the plan adopted as Ordinance 2015-10 on Dec. 10, the next members elected to the board of trustees will get 100 percent more money for their service than current trustees do.
In drafting its proposed Ordinance 2015-10, town staff endeavored to keep individual elected officials' names out of the document.
However, issues are so intertwined that a generalized wording was found to be impossible.
Although voters approved a combined parks, recreation and golf department in November 2014, the City of Delta continues to transfer funds from utility accounts to offset golf course expenditures.
While all three departments are now under the supervision of Wilma Erven, funds cannot be combined because of the golf course debt, interim city manager Glen Black explained at a recent council meeting.
Cedaredge trustees heard during a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, that the manager of K&C's Local Grill, the restaurant at Cedaredge Golf Course, intends to terminate his lease on the facility at year's end.
Town administrator Katie Sickles told the trustees that restaurant manager Doug Coburn had notified the town that he wants to terminate his lease at the restaurant effective Jan 1. Coburn was not present at the meeting.
Though the town's water fund was tapped for cash to support the golf course in 2014 and 2015, Cedaredge officials are hoping the golf course won't be using more cash assistance from the water fund in 2016.
Town Administrator Katie Sickles told trustees during a Sept. 3 work session on the 2016 budget, "We are hoping for positive financial contributions this year."
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