Fox Creek Town Council Highlights – October 11
Supporting the Silver Birch Golf Course
Council approved a $20,000.00 donation for Silver Birch Golf Course to help with operating expenditures. Council also approved a $50,000.00 donation for Silver Birch Golf Course with contingencies associated with the donation.
Chace Lamb, Craig Jahnke and Kristen Milne came before council to ask for funding assistance to help in the operation expenses for the Silver Birch Golf Course.
Due to the recent years of rainy seasons, the Golf Course has not been as busy. Silver Birch is a volunteer run course and does rely on membership fees and fund raising initiatives to cover the costs of running the golf course.
The aging structure of the club house is also on the board member’s agenda of things that need to be addressed, and they believe that the course can be much more than it currently is. The board members have been looking for grants that will assist in the long needed upgrades and have asked if council is willing to donate seed money that is required to be approved for one of the grants.
* see the donation request letter below:
Re: Support for Silver Birch Golf Course Clubhouse Upgrades and Operating Costs
As you are aware Silver Birch Golf Course is a volunteer run nine-hole course that runs off of membership fees and fundraising initiatives.
In March a new board of 10 members was elected. The new board has an ambitious vision of creating a new image for the course and providing an exceptional recreation amenity for the community. For the season the board hired a new greenskeeper and clubhouse manager that worked with us to begin creating our vision.
We firmly believe that Silver Birch Golf Course can be much more then what it currently is. With some required renovations to the clubhouse for safety and the ability to run the facility year round, a professional appearance, solid staff members, a full-serve restaurant and events for the entire community to attend, the Golf Course will quickly transform into a top notch destination, not only for the residents of Fox Creek but for the individuals working in the area and members from the surrounding communities.
As mentioned above, renovations to the existing clubhouse are required to meet safety requirements, as well as to start the process of running the facility year-round. The board envisions the clubhouse not only used for golfing purposes, but used for things such as weddings, staff events, safety meetings and a full-time restaurant facility that serves the golfers in the summer and the nordic and trail users that take advantage of the groomed cross-country skiing and fat biking trails in the winter.
In order to turn our vision into reality, we have gathered quotes for the required work to the clubhouse. At this point we are estimating the required work that needs to take place to come in around $150,000.00.
This work will include renovations to the kitchen, the installation of a high efficiency furnace and relocation of the furnace to the basement, cosmetic updates and insulating the clubhouse so it can operate as a year round facility.
If this is an option that the town will support, we will gladly meet any requirements that you may have. Also, we will be placing a recognition sign in the newly renovated clubhouse, as well as at the front portion of the course that recognizes your generous donation.
This year has been a particularly difficult one for Silver Birch because of the state of the economy as well as the wet season that we had. The board was also faced with some required upgrades and circumstances that needed to be fixed. Because of these situations we find ourselves struggling to make operating costs of the year. We estimate that the course will operate at about a $20,000.00 deficit this season and we are asking that council consider helping with these costs.
The board continues to want to work towards success and believes that by moving forward with the renovations, and the completion of a year round clubhouse we will be able to better prepare for seasons such as the one we just faced and will be able to cover costs as well as required updates in the future.
We look forward to what the future holds for the community of Fox Creek and look forward to working with companies such as Repsol on providing amenities that highlight what the community has to offer as well as encourages a healthy lifestyle and a sense of comradely that we can all be proud of.
We thank you for your time and your consideration for this request.
Silver Birch Golf Course Board
MPE presented Council with an update on the Water Project
Haj Oshiki, Engineer and Merek Grzeszczuk, Municipal Engineering Manager of MPE presented Council with bid results and a list of the tender results, for phase three construction of the Water Reservoir and Pumping Station.
MPE informed council that the new projected cost of the overall project will be approximately 7.1% higher than the original cost estimate that MPE provided to the Town of Fox Creek in February 2015.
Council requested that MPE fine tune their projected budget and bring back a detailed expenditure report to council, clearly identifying where the funds were spent and are projected to be spent during the course of this project. Council hopes this will shed some light as to why MPE is requesting an additional $1,099,147.42 to complete the project.
New Director of Community Services
Lisa Pelletier is the new Director of Community Services for the Town of Fox Creek.
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