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A quick golf note

Submitted by on 1, October 31, 2008 – 2:00 pmNo Comment

We’re making with the Halloween festivities big-time over here, but we wanted to let you know that the election isn’t the only big news for Alameda this week. Next Thursday, the City Council is slated to choose an interim golf manager to run the Chuck Corica Golf Complex for the next year while they work out a more permanent arrangement for an outside manager.

Interesting thing about this manager bit, though, is that it may not end up saving the city all that much money.

City staff is recommending the council choose Kemper Sports based on the company’s size, its buying power and the breadth of its experience running municipal golf courses. Kemper was the top ranked pick of the four finalists for the job, which included Empire Golf, Bellows Golf Management and a group headed by the complex’s current assistant golf pro, Mike Robason.

But the Kemper proposal may only save the city about $32,000, far short of the $700,000 projected budget shortfall facing the golf complex this year (and yes, that amount does include interfund transfers).

The original proposals to the city would have saved between about half a million and a million dollars. But under those proposals, 16 maintenance folks, five administrative and managerial types and an unspecified number of part-timers would have lost their jobs. The union cried foul, saying they were still under contract. So they worked out a deal with the city (which we’ve already laid out here, if you’re interested).

City staff asked the four finalists for the job to submit amended proposals cutting out the maintenance piece; three did. Under Robason’s proposal, the city would save about $191,000; Bellows Golf also responded with three different proposals, including a monthly management fee that would cost the city more money and a lease-type arrangement.

We should note that it’s estimated that as much as half of that $700,000 amount could be recouped through a recent increase in green fees.

We’ll have more on this next week. In the meantime, if you want the full 411, it’s in the city staff report, here.

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