AZTEC – The municipal golf course Aztec could be closed at the end of the year, unless you find a new director to rent it.
On Tuesday, the city commission voted unanimously not to renew the operating agreement with the course operator Randy Hodge and to end the lease of the golf course at the end of this year.
The lease of the golf course expires in 2020. However, the city may terminate the lease at any time with 90 days notice.
The municipal commission had the choice to close the course within 90 days, keep it open until the end of the year or sign a new contract with an operator and keep the course open.
The city has rented the course since 2015 to keep it open to community members. This has become a controversial topic when the course has failed to make a profit or break even. In the first year of operation, the city transferred $ 95,000 in other funds to support the maintenance and operation of the course.
The city signed a contract with Hodge in 2016. At the time, the estimated cost of closing the course was $ 148,000, while keeping it open, the cost of closing the course would be 117,000 $ for the city, for three years, according to The Daily. Archives of the times.
The commissioners expressed the hope that keeping the course open until the end of this year would allow Hodge to find partners who could take over the management of the city's golf course.
"There is a lot going on and Mr. Hodge is working on finding new partners and keeping it open," said Commissioner Roslyn Fry.
She added that its retention would also allow the tournaments and planned activities to take place this year, especially the high school golf team to use the course.
"In the end, we reached the agreement and some people are counting on us to bring it to fruition," said Mayor Victor Snover.
He added that keeping it open until the end of the year provided another way to stay the course, which would not put "the city on the hot seat".
"I continue to believe that this is a very valuable venture for our community," said Commissioner Sherri Sipe.
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Hannah Grover covers the government for the Daily Times. She can be contacted at 505-564-4652 or by email at email@example.com.