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Woodbury Councilman Wary of Capital Purchase for Eagle Valley Golf Course

The City Council recently approved buying 55 new golf carts for the municipal course.

The Woodbury City Council on Nov. 14 moved ahead with the purchase of 55 new golf carts (and one beverage cart) for the Eagle Valley Golf Course. 

But it didn’t come without opposition—Councilman Christopher Burns voted against the item, which he had pulled from the consent agenda.

The municipal course has been under the eye of the city council as it works to keep up with Eagle Valley’s debt service and capital improvements. 

Burns noted that the city plans to check back on the course in three years and questioned if Woodbury should have looked at leasing carts instead of buying them outright.

        Related: Group Interested in Buying Eagle Valley Golf Course

The cost of the carts, with trade-ins of old ones included, is estimated at $183,582.

The city last purchased carts for the course in 2006, Community Development Director Dwight Picha said, and at times this season Woodbury has had to rent carts in order to keep up with demand.

“The carts are worn out,” he said, noting that the city has had to pay for equipment repair and staff time to do the work.

Still, Burns said he had reservations about the purchase.

“I don’t think that this is an easy question that can be answered tonight,” he said.

The measure passed 3-1. (Councilman Paul Rebholz was absent.)

 

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Mike Mitchell November 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM
It might have made sense to look at a 3 year lease with buy-out or trade-in/sell back options.

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