POA OKs golf cart pro­posal, sev­eral oth­ers

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

At Thurs­day’s board meet­ing, the POA Board of Direc­tors ap­proved sev­eral projects that had been dis­cussed in last week’s work ses­sion and one pre­sented by Golf Op­er­a­tions Direc­tor Phillip Wright.

Two of the cap­i­tal projects are planned for Branch­wood.

The park­ing lot is al­ready over­crowded at times Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Jud­son told the board. The new trail is adding ve­hi­cles, he said. This sum­mer the park­ing lot will be ex­panded, at the cost of about $50,000.

The build­ing is also too small. Jud­son asked the board to ap­prove $14,000 to be­gin a ren­o­va­tion. The first step is the ar­chi­tec­tural work to add a mul­ti­pur­pose room and ren­o­vate the lobby and locker rooms. Once the draw­ings are made, the costs of the project can be es­ti­mated. Cur­rently, ex­er­cise classes at Branch­wood are tak­ing place on the racket ball courts which are small and on the lower level of the build­ing.

The board also ap­proved the beach at Lake Avalon. The cost of that project is $207,701. The beach was part of the Re­ju­ve­na­tion Plan, which was de­vel­oped dur­ing the last as­sess­ment elec­tion. When the as­sess­ment didn’t pass, the beach and sev­eral other im­prove­ments were put on hold. Jud­son said he has heard a lot of com­ments about the beach not go­ing through.

The new plan adds a fee to use the beach. It would be the same fee as the out­door pools at Kings­dale and Met­field. The con­ces­sion stand where ad­mis­sion is col­lected will also rent kayaks and stand-up pad­dle boards. Jud­son said the con­ces­sions will prob­a­bly cover the cost of

op­er­at­ing the beach.

Most of the work will be done dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter of 2017. The lake will be low­ered so sand can be added on shore and out into the lake. The pav­il­ion and re­strooms will be ren­o­vated. A fence around the beach area, a gate for the park­ing lot and a beach vol­ley­ball court will be part of the project.

The first por­tion of the project may be park­ing lot ex­pan­sion, be­cause money can be saved by do­ing the work along with a park­ing lot project planned for Branch­wood this sum­mer.

Fi­nally, the board ap­proved a pro­posal brought by Phillip Wright, direc­tor of golf op­er­a­tions. Wright wants to re­place 360 gas pow­ered golf carts with elec­tric carts. All the carts are leased.

In 2014, elec­tric carts were re­placed with gas be­cause the price of the lease was lower. Since then an above ground gas tank was in­stalled near the Kings­dale

cart barn, but at the other cour­ses, carts have been filled from tanks in the main­te­nance ar­eas.

Bat­ter­ies for the new carts will be guar­an­teed to last 36 holes, Wright told the com­mit­tee. If there’s a prob­lem, the com­pany will

switch out the bat­ter­ies. The guar­an­tee is good for three years which is the length of the lease.

Wright said the change will save $42,077 in op­er­at­ing costs and im­prove the golf ex­pe­ri­ence since elec­tric carts are qui­eter.

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