Council authorizes lease proposal with Pine Harbor
by David Atchison
Jan 13, 2014 | 1081 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PELL CITY - The City Council authorized the city manager Monday to propose a five-year lease agreement to the property owners of Pine Harbor Golf and Racquet Club.

“We have done a lot of research,” city manager Patrick Draper told the council.

He said other golf courses were contacted by city officials, and the city has prepared a tentative operating budget for the facility.

The property is owned by Dr. Larry Lemak and sons of Birmingham.

Draper said it would cost about half a million dollars to keep operations going, while improving the only 18-hole golf course in St. Clair County.

He told the council the city could see a $23,000 loss during the first two years of operation, but he expects the facility to break even or operate in the black the following three years.

Draper said the private club was paying about $4,500 a month, and the property is in worse condition now.

“There’s no reason we should pay more,” he said.

Draper said he believes the city can increase the number of walk-on players, once the club moves from private to public.

He told current Pine Harbor Golf and Racquet Club members that the facility will improve if the city takes over.

Draper said the city cannot afford to hire a golf-pro initially.

He said if the city takes over the golf course, it is required to advertise all positions there.

Draper said the city needs to have at least 100 members, but he believes it can boost operation revenues through pay per day players.

Pine Harbor community residents asked the City Council to consider leasing the property and making the private club public. The private club has had an operating deficit and cannot remain open.

Pine Harbor Club members said their current lease ends Jan. 31.

Officials have said the golf course is a quality of life issue and can serve as an economic development tool.

In other matters, the council:

• Tabled minutes of four council meetings.

• Approved accepting the low bid in the amount of $10,362 submitted by Emergency Lighting by Haynes to equip the Police Department’s 2014 Ford Explorer.

• Approved accepting the low bid submitted by 10-100 Electronics in the amount of $44,508 to equip the Police Department’s 2014 Ford Taurus’.

• Declared the Fire Department’s 1999 Quality brand fire engine as surplus so Brindley Mountain Fire Apparatus, LLC, can sale the engine.

• Approved hiring the city’s grant writer to provide administrative services for a Community Block Grant for the 19th Street Community Center.

• Approved allowing the city manager to investigate and handle claims against the city that are less than $1,000.

• Approved hiring McKee and Associates for the architectural services for the 19th Street Community Center renovation.

• Approved hiring Williams Blackstock Architects for architectural services for the city’s 2014 capital improvement plan, which includes a new municipal pool and library.

• Approved an ordinance adopting the 2009 International Building Code.

• Condemned structures on three separate properties at 1715 McCoy St.; 203 Pleasant Valley Road; and 107 Lakeview Drive.

• Approved the cancellation of the public safety module and maintenance on the Tyler System.

• Called an executive session about a potential economic development incentive.

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