By Diana Bowley, Of the NEWS Staff - DEXTER - Jim Costedio of Dexter will operate and manage Dexter Municipal Golf Course for the next three years as approved Thursday by the Dexter Town Council.His proposal was one of three submitted, but one of two that was considered by the council. One of the bids did not follow the specifications.
Unlike the former manager, Costedio will not be a town employee, and the salaries of those who work for him will be his responsibility. The operational change should ensure a well-managed and well-maintained facility, and it is expected to bring some financial relief to local property taxpayers, according to Town Manager Robert Simpson.
Under the agreement, which was approved Thursday but will be officially signed next month, Costedio will take 100 percent of the profits from the operation of the course, including membership fees, pro shop rentals and sales, snack shop and the proceeds from cart rentals, estimated at $60,000 a year. He will assume the majority of maintenance and operational responsibility for the course.
Because the town will continue to own the property, it will have limited responsibility for capital improvements, some building maintenance and liability insurance, according to Simpson. In addition, the town will continue snow removal on Sunrise Avenue and provide limited signs.
The Town Council will have the right to audit the financial records. The agreement also states that any fee schedule change must be approved by the golf course board of directors and the council. Enhancements at the course also must be approved by the council.
In other business, the council approved a resolution dealing with interstate highway road weight limits. Simpson said Corinna officials asked Dexter to support an initiative to waive the 80,000-pound weight limit on the interstate highway north of Augusta and change it to 100,000 pounds, which is already in effect on the same highway system south of Augusta.
Simpson said that because of current weight-limit restrictions, a relatively high volume of trucks use local roads that are not generally intended to accommodate such heavy loads. The hope is that if there is enough emphasis placed on the matter by concerned communities, the Department of Transportation could get a waiver from the federal government.
The council also signed a resolution of recognition for the men and women of Detachment One of the 619th Transportation Company, United States Army Reserve, who are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
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