Marshall city golf course gets reprieve
POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 8:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 8:29pm
MARSHALL — Oaklawn Municipal Golf Course will remain open at least through 2013 as Marshall city commissioners took no action to close it following an hour-long discussion during Thursday’s meeting.
That discussion was the culmination of a year during which the city has tried three times to sell the course, attempted to lease the course and even pay the lessee, and set Sept. 15 as a date to close it down.
During the course of the meeting, with about a dozen members of Oaklawn in attendance, every commissioner who spoke on the matter said it should be kept open to try to bring it to, or near, a break-even status.
As it is, Oaklawn is projected to cost taxpayers about $100,000 more than it will bring in during 2013 and will need almost immediate capital expenditures of about $36,000 for a greens mower that is not included in the budget. Jack Redmon, who heads the parks department, suggested other capital expenditures will also be needed during 2013.
Still, commissioners were hopeful that Oaklawn’s fortunes could be turned around.
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