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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Council to consider golf course changes

  • Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider a change to fees and regulations at the Neosho Municipal Golf Course.
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  • Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider a change to fees and regulations at the Neosho Municipal Golf Course.
    The council meets at 7 p.m. this evening at the Neosho City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.
    The resolution, with changes proposed by the city's Parks, Recreation and Golf Course Board and city manager Troy Royer, would go into effect immediately if adopted.
    The City of Neosho took over operation of the 18-hole golf course on March 1.
    The course was previously operated on a contractual basis by Justin Beck, who left his position in February.
    Among the fee adjustments are the addition of a riding cart fee of $6 per person for nine holes of play and a riding cart fee of $12 per person for 18 holes of play.
    While the senior rate of $22, which runs Monday through Thursday, would stay the same, a weekend senior rate was also added, and would run $25 for 18 holes of play Friday through Sunday and on legal holidays.
    All active and retired military personnel with a military ID card would also be allowed to play for the posted senior rate. Previously there was not a set military discount.
    While the original golf course fee schedule had included the option of twilight green fees, to be set then by the golf course superintendent and agreed upon by the city manager, those fees have now been set in the resolution.
    A twilight green fee of $22 for play Monday through Thursday and $25 for play Friday through Sunday has been proposed, with the twilight rate effective after 2 p.m. in the winter months and after 4 p.m. in the summer months.
    Additionally, with the City of Neosho now operating the course, current and retired city employees would be allowed to play, with a cart, at no charge, so long as they can present a valid city photo ID card.
    The proposed changes would also make annual passes invalid during tournament play.
    The update includes the possibility of golf course promotions, to be decided upon by the course superintendent with the approval of the city manager. The language of the possible promotion is also proposed in the resolution.
    The resolution would also be updated to remove the option of 27 holes of play, as the city previously closed down the additional nine holes and has since operated as an 18-hole course.
    The age of junior golfers would also be changed, to allow for golfers ages 15 and under. Junior golfers had previously been classified as ages 10 to 18.
    In other business:
    • Police Chief Dave McCracken is expected to recognize Officer John Miller and Deputy Jason Denno with Lifesaving Awards for their heroic actions when responding to a recent structure fire at 303 ½ N. Wood Street.
    Page 2 of 3 - • Council will consider approval of a Neosho Police Department application for the federally funded MOSCAP grant's second round. This would allow the department to complete their conversion to digital radios. The grant requires no matching funds.
    • Council will consider on first reading an ordinance authorizing the issuance of approximately $3,195,000 principal amount of special obligation refunding bonds. The certificates of participation series 2007B were used to fund the South Street bridge and approaches, Howard Bush Drive extension, La-Z-Boy Parkway and Highway 59 access improvement projects.
    • Council is expected to consider allowing residents at 13750 Kodiak Road to obtain city utilities. The property currently has one single family home on it and is not contiguous with city limits, though the homeowner has signed an irrevocable consent to annex if his property were to become contiguous with city limits.
    • Council will vote on an agreement allowing Allgeier, Martin and Associates to provide engineering services for STP-4700(708), which is the overlay project on East Spring Street. The overlay of asphalt will run from the intersection of East Spring and Washington Streets to the other side of White Avenue. Allgeier, Martin and Associates were approved to provide design work for the project in 2009. Council will also consider a similar agreement with Allgeier, Martin and Associates for STP-4700(707), which is the sidewalk, and curb and gutter improvements planned along East Spring Street, as well as the addition of a trail running from behind the Lampo Building to the helicopter pad in Morse Park.
    • Council will consider, on final reading, declaring seven Neosho Police Department radios surplus, due to the age of the radios. The units have been replaced by a recent grant and are no longer of use to Neosho police.
    • Council is expected to vote, also on final reading, on allowing the mayor to sign off on an amendment to the city's contract with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for State Block Grant Funds to update the property map at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport. The amendment would extend the time period of the project to Dec. 31, 2013.
    • Council is expected to consider several bids, including, a $6,000 bid from Xylem Water Solutions for 60 new UV bulbs for the city's wastewater plant; a $73,680.60 state bid from Victor L. Phillips for a new backhoe for public works; a $23,676.64 bid from Blue Valley Public Safety for a new outdoor storm siren in Morse Park North; a $7,599 bid from Swartz Tractor Sales and Service for a new zero-turn lawn mower for the parks department, and a $900 bid from Weiser Tent Service for a 40-by-80 foot tent for the Celebrate Neosho event set for June 29.
    • Council will announce vacancies that exist on the airport industrial development board; board of adjustments/zoning; economic development sales tax committee; parks, recreation and golf course board, and the planning and zoning commission.
    Page 3 of 3 - • Council is also scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss legal issues.

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