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Golf rate hike up for review

PRESCOTT – After weeks of adjusting the proposal, city officials will take a golf course rate hike to the Prescott City Council this week.

At their regular study session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Prescott City Council members will consider a plan to raise rates at the city-owned Antelope Hills Golf Course. The meeting will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Also on the agenda will be a request by Fann Contracting to do about three months of night work for its upcoming widening project on Highway 89 between Sundog Ranch Road and Willow Lake Road.

For weeks, city officials have been discussing the proposal to raise the rates at Antelope Hills as a way of increasing revenues. Early on, the proposed rate hike caused concern among golfers, and the city has now twice adjusted the rate hike plan.

The fee schedule that will go to the council this week includes a $3 increase for a weekday 18-hole round of golf – from $22 to $25. In addition, the cost of a cart would go up by $2 – from $11 to $13 – bringing the total cost for a round of golf with a cart up by $5.

On the summer weekends (May 1 to Oct. 31), the rate would be higher – $30 for an 18-hole round of golf, and $13 for a cart.

The new fee schedule also includes a separate rate for golfers from out of the area. Although city officials had earlier advised against a non-resident rate, City Manager Steve Norwood said

they agreed to put it back in. "It makes the local golfers feel better," he said.

The new schedule includes a non-resident rate of $40 for 18 holes of golf, as well as a $15

cart fee, bringing the total fee for a non-resident to $55.

Norwood noted that the latest edition of the fee schedule does not generate as much revenue as the previous proposal would have raised. The city will adjust its golf course expenditures accordingly, he said.

Originally, city officials said they needed to raise more than $300,000 in additional revenues to ensure proper maintenance of the golf course. A memo for the council notes that the proposed fee schedule would generate an additional $280,000.

If the council approves the new fee schedule, it would go into effect on Aug. 1.

In other action, the council will consider allowing Fann Contracting to do night work for its Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) contract to widen Highway 89 from Sundog Ranch Road to Willow Lake Road.

In a letter to the council, Fann's vice president Don Holt noted that ADOT's design requires closure of the highway while crews move earth from one side of the highway to the other. "Also, because of rock in the cuts, blasting will be required, causing the

highway to be shut down at those times," the letter stated.

Holt added that "it is not feasible, nor will it be allowed by ADOT, to shut down the highway for short periods of time during heavily-traveled daylight hours. The only logical time for this work would be from approximately 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., when traffic is at its lightest."

Because of the noise factor, the city allows heavy-equipment construction during the night only by permission of the City Council.

Norwood said city officials are uncertain of their authority in the matter, since the widening is a state project.

The council also will conduct a closed-door executive session after the study session to consider the purchase of open space property, which the agenda identifies as the Payne

property.

Contact the reporter at cbarks@prescottaz.com

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