During its Jan. 18 meeting the Cedaredge Board of Trustees received an update on the golf course. Adam Conway, golf course superintendent, reported that the drought has allowed diseases usually mitigated by snow cover to spread in the grass. All regional golf courses are facing the same problem. The golf course irrigation system continues to be a concern and one problem is that past fixes have been piecemeal and not methodical.
At a future meeting Conway will present the trustees with a proposal to develop a master plan to address golf course water issues. The same company that conducted an earlier audit of course operations has indicated a willingness to credit the cost of that audit toward the expense of developing a master plan. This company is already involved in the renovation of several regional courses.
Constituent Gerry Mandralla told the trustees he was dismayed that the golf course superintendent position was left vacant for five months in 2017, during which time he felt that the sprinkler system and other important course maintenance may have deteriorated.
Trustees also approved changes in the 2018 Cedaredge golf rates outlined by golf clubhouse operations director Erik Hansen, who has been working in that role since the first of the year. Hansen explained that the changes are designed to encourage more 18-hole rounds in order to increase revenue. To this end he has reduced the 18-hole cost for Cedaredge Players Club members from $43 to $39 and he has moved the start-time for discounted twilight play to begin an hour earlier at 2 p.m.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, veterans and active duty military along with seniors will be allowed to play 18 holes for $39 rather than the regular public rate of $58.
And, although the dry weather is stressing the grass, it has increased revenue because so far January play has gone from zero in years past to over 200 golfers, counting both nine- and 18-hole rounds. Hansen also reported that he has been forging relationships with neighboring communities. He joined the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and The Beacon senior newspaper, headquartered in Grand Junction, just informed him that readers selected Cedaredge as their favorite golf course.
In other golf-related decisions, the trustees approved a resolution to recognize the commitment of employees who retire from the Town of Cedaredge by providing them with a one-year pass to use the golf course. The retiring employee must be 65 or older, fully vested in the retirement system, and in good standing with the town. Constituent Gerry Mandralla spoke in favor of golf club rate changes but against the resolution to grant passes to retiring employees.
During the meeting the trustees also approved an unbudgeted expense to bring the town website up to speed. The current website is three generations behind in improvements, making it difficult to update. CivicPlus, a website redesign firm that created the town's current website, offers to provide an upgrade and staff support and training (services ordinarily valued at $14,000) for the $5,400 amount approved by the trustees. Interim town administrator Greg Brinck reported that this firm has designed the Delta city website and websites for several other regional and statewide municipalities.
During constituent time, John Stighner complained that he found the website difficult to use because he could not locate the agenda for the present meeting. Brinck assured the trustees that CivicPlus will make the new website more user-friendly for the public and easier for staff to update.