Smithville City Council to discuss golf course, pool Monday night

July 18, 2008
by: 
Tom R. Duggin & Dwayne Page

The Smithville City Council will meet in regular session Monday night at City Hall, and will consider a mostly light agenda. The council will discuss the future of Smithville Golf Course and the Municipal Swimming Pool. Jimmy Lewis, the current tenant at the golf course and pool, recently notified the council that he plans to terminate his lease with the city, due to, as Lewis put it in his letter to the council, "trouble making a profit due to a number of reasons." He added, "The most important concerns are the amount of the lease payments and the swimming pool."

Lewis originally had the golf course and swimming pool leased until 2012 at a rate of $2,500 per month. Under an amended agreement, Lewis was granted an extension of his lease through 2017 at the same rate of $2,500 per month, with a five year renewal option as a consideration for his commitment " to expend the sum of one hundred thousand dollars in order to dig a second well, to install a sprinkler system for the fairways, and to purchase golf carts". The monthly rate could have been renegotiated in 2017.

Last December, Mayor Hendrixson vetoed a city council vote to amend last year's budget and spend $215,000 to purchase and install a sprinkler system at the golf course. The aldermen failed to override the veto on a 3 to 2 vote.

The council will also discuss playground specs for the Smith Road Park, Monday night, and any other business properly brought before the council.

WJLE plans live coverage of Monday night's City Council meeting at 7:00 p.m.

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