Bend MRID clears up rumors

Thursday, October 24, 2002

Two rumors circulating in Horseshoe Bend were brought to the attention of the MRID Commissioners at their meeting Oct. 15.

Rumor: Swimming pools will be closed next year; Truth: Both swimming pools will be opened as usual next year, according to the schedule. Rumor: Golf fees will be doubled or tripled next year; Truth: As of this date annual greens fees/memberships are not going to be increased for the coming year.

The pro shop reported total rounds of golf for September were 2,957 which totaled 115 rounds less than August. Rounds for September 2001 were 3,345 which was a decrease of 300 for the month of September. New opening hours at the pro shop starting in November will be 8:30 a.m. and in December, January and February opening hours will be 9 a.m.

Superintendent Terry Smith reported that frost season has arrived. As there is no means of removing frost from the golf course other than Mother Nature, patience is requested when having an early golf date. Smith explained that when ice crystals are on the grass, walking or driving a cart on the greens can kill the grass. On frosty mornings the course will be opened as quickly as weather permits.

Twyla Wallace of Twyla's Restaurant announced she is now open for breakfast. New hours for the restaurant are Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a breakfast and lunch buffet offered. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Mayoral challenger Robert Brown addressed the commissioners, giving his opinion on the proposed golf course irrigation system.

Terry Smith compared the proposed irrigation system versus the current system. The present system is an open end system where pumps run constantly with about 10 percent efficiency. The new system will be variable frequency drive and will operate at 100-percent efficiency. Acceptance of bids on the proposed irrigation system were presented as follows:

Material: Hunter/John Deer Co. $190,215.54 plus sales tax; Construction: Munie Co. $192,749 includes rock clause; Pump stations: National Pump Co., LLC $60,414 plus sales tax; Crown Lake Pump: Washington Pump Co. $6,600 plus sales tax; Other material: B&B $4,000 plus sales tax; Other material: Bookout $4,250 plus sales tax; and Contingency and sales tax $90,000.

It was approved by the commissioners to pursue the finalization of obtaining a bond in the amount of $550,000 plus finance charges in order to finance the proposed irrigation system. Bond will be for a 12-year period with monthly payments not to exceed $6,000 monthly.

A request was approved for Raymond and Patricia Gill of 702 Fairwater Circle in Horseshoe Bend who own six lots to combine lots 314, 315, 316 and 317 as their house, garage and septic system are located on these lots. Paperwork on the lot combination began in April 2002 and therefore was grandfathered into the old combining of lot procedures.

Boating and Fishing Club requested time on next month's agenda to discuss MRIDs past ruling on covered boat docks.

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