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Golf accord reached

Submitted by on 1, November 7, 2008 – 11:00 amNo Comment

The City Council has reached a deal on management and staffing at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

The Council opted to hire Kemper Sports to manage the course for a year, starting on January 1, 2009. And they decided to accept a last-minute proposal from the union representing maintenance workers at the course that would allow them to stay on the job for the year or accept a “golden handshake” retirement package that includes a payout and up to a year of medical benefits.

City staff had recommended the council hire Kemper to manage the course and take over maintenance operations, a move they estimated could save the city $558,000. A second proposal submitted by Kemper at the city’s request that would have had the company handle only the management of the course would have saved the city about $32,000.

The union proposal, submitted by e-mail Thursday, could save the city an estimated $200,000 to $300,000. The proposal would allow maintenance workers to accept a “golden handshake” retirement plan plus up to a year of medical benefits or to possibly take other jobs in the recreation and parks and public works departments.

Alan Elnick, business representative for the union, said he wasn’t excited about the deal, but felt it was the best he could get for his membership at this time.

The council agreed, with council member Marie Gilmore saying she felt it was the city’s responsibility to offer a “soft landing” to its employees facing layoffs.

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