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October 9, 2012

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Also Tuesday, the committee recommended:

  • Approving a lease of city property at 244 W. Main St. with Mielke Brothers Bargain Barn, Inc. for storage use. The monthly lease agreement is for 3,300 square feet of the space on the ground floor of the building, which consists of a total of 9,900 square feet, for a monthly cost of $450.
  • Authorizing the vacation of an east/west alleyway between Newell and Ridgeview for Louis Mervis.

Mervis purchased four lots in the area and cleared them. The alleyway sits between them and near the Congregation Anshe Knesset Israel synagogue that is now for sale at 14 E. Ridgeview St. — the former Ridgeview Baptist Church.

The purpose for the alleyway vacation is to assist in marketing the property, according to Pat Wolgamot.

  • Approving a golf manager employment agreement for Harrison Park Golf Course, with Brock Burton doing business as Take A Shot, LLC. The most significant change is where Burton’s $63,000 salary will be paid from, said Public Works Director Doug Ahrens. Last year, Burton’s salary was split 85 percent from the Harrison Park Golf Course fund and 15 percent from the parks and public property fund.

This agreement from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2015, calls for 100 percent of Burton’s salary to come from the Harrison Park Golf Course fund.

“One of the primary reasons is we’ve been blessed with a lot of good golf …” Ahrens said about the compensation change.

Burton also will now focus entirely on the golf course and not Danville Stadium and Winter Park ball fields.

Ward 1 Alderman Rickey Williams Jr. questioned why Burton was seeing a salary increase despite fewer duties.

Ahrens said this is due to revenue numbers and the good revenue year this year for the golf course.

Revenue is expected to top $420,000 at the end of this year. Revenue hasn’t reached $400,000 since 2009 and 2005, according to Ahrens. Revenue fees (not hotel/motel tax money that helps with golf course capital improvements such as cart paths) in 2011 totaled $335,817. In 2010, revenue fees were $370,608.

Some of that has to do with the good weather, Ahrens added. But memberships have increased from 221 in 2011 to 268 in 2012.

Ahrens said Burton also is being paid about $10,000 less than previous golf course operators. Burton also pays for his counter staff and other personnel.

Ahrens said a “significant amount” of the golf course’s net difference will be put into the golf course reserve at the end of the year. Plans also call for more cart trails to be fixed next year.

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