Archive for Thursday, November 5, 2009

City council grants five-year lease for golf course

The Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course's future was discussed at Monday's city council meeting.

The Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course's future was discussed at Monday's city council meeting.

November 5, 2009

There will be the sound of “fore” echoing from the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course for at least five more years.

The Baldwin Golf Association had asked the Baldwin City Council for a five-year lease of the city-owned property, instead of the yearly lease it had been given since the city bought the property several years ago.

“In the past, we’ve done a one-year agreement,” said City Administrator Jeff Dingman. “We did settle on a five-year agreement, with a duty to report every year.”

Mayor Ken Wagner agreed that it gives the association more of a chance to eye the future.

“The golf association has asked for a longer term for planning purposes,” said Wagner.

In past years, members of the association said they couldn’t replace maintenance equipment if they didn’t know they’d have the golf course for more than a year. The property was bought with the idea of maintaining green space and providing room for more recreational uses. But those needs are still being worked on.

“We have no immediate plans for this property different than what it is being used for,” said Dingman.

The council unanimously passed the five-year lease. The council cast the same vote on the only other matter of business at Monday’s meeting. That was to purchase a new patrol car for the police department for $22,252. The unmarked police car currently in the fleet will be traded in on the new cruiser.


greyghost 7 years, 1 month ago

Isn't Junior a member of the Baldwin Golf Association?


greyghost 7 years ago

I can only assume that Jr. did not recuse himself. Junior, again with the conflict of interest thing? Why do insist on using your civic powers to push your own personal agendas?

I had called you out on the Hickory Creek BBQ vote to where you abstained from the final decision, but you apparently still can't grasp the notion of recusal.

You should not vote on these things and you should not participate in any way in the decision, including discussions.


jmyrick 7 years ago

Moot point, fake. Vote is 5-0 or 4-0. What's the difference?


greyghost 7 years ago

Jesus! My point is is that Mr. City Council should not have participated in any of this business. Would it have passed without him? Sure, but that is not the point.

The point remains that this isn't the first time that Jr. has tried to use his position as an elected official to further his own personal goals. Just shows what kind of people we have running this town. Where's the accountability? Who's going to call him out? Me, that's who. . .ME!

Oh, and since name calling is now part of your "editorializing", you've just lost lost yourself my $0.75/week. It's not your fault entirely though, I already get a great deal on bulk toilet paper from Sam's Club!

Why don't you go back to commenting on Halloween candy with Peabody and Still_Pool?


Stacy Napier 7 years ago

I agree with the ghost.

We had the same problem with Ken Hayes. Business owners on the Council should not have any hand in a descision that effects their business or property. It is conflict of interest.

Sounds like he might be in violation of 75-4304.

Maybe all the council should read the statutes. And there is accountabiltiy. Maybe someone should call Steve Six's office.


solo 7 years ago

He is a member, not an owner of the golf association. I don't see the problem. I am not a big Ted fan, but on this one I don't think he did anything wrong.


jmyrick 7 years ago

There you go, solo. Well done.


SpeaksSlowlyToIdiots 7 years ago

Leave Ted alone on this. He didn't speak to the measure at all when given the chance, meaning he didn't attempt to influence other Council members. He had no duty at all to recuse himself because there was no monetary gain for him at all. Recreational gain, perhaps. But if Council members were not supposed to realize any gain from their votes, then they couldn't drive on Baldwin streets, or call the Police or Fire Department, or for that matter, attend the Maple Leaf Committee.


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