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Golf rates, parking adjustment top Prescott Council agenda

PRESCOTT - Rate increases at the Antelope Hills Golf Course, a parking change on Marina Street, and a delayed payment to a pump station contractor will be among the issues the Prescott City Council will consider this week.

The council voting session will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The council will follow up on the discussion it had at the April 1 study session on a proposal for rate hikes at the municipal Antelope Hills Golf Course.

The proposal includes a number of changes for the golf course, including a $2-per-round increase in green fees for most categories at the course, along with a $1 increase in cart rates. It also would eliminate the current punch card that offered a discount to golfers who prepaid for rounds. Instead, the city would offer a $150 discount card that would give golfers $5 off of future rounds of golf.

City Manager Steve Norwood noted that the proposal that council members vote on Tuesday could include some "tweaks" to the original proposal.

For instance, he said, the city might adjust the change for the senior discount rate. The original change proposal called for increasing the rate from $18 to $20 and for expanding the discount from the current Tuesday special to Monday through Thursday after noon, year-around, and seven days a week from November through April.

Norwood said the city might opt to change the discount time to play after 3 p.m. during the summer months.

"We're leaning that way - to tweak that a little bit," Norwood said Friday.

Also on the agenda will be a possible vote on a contract for a change in the parking configuration on Marina Street in front of the Prescott Police Department, increasing the number of spaces by about 20. The change would require the elimination of some of the landscaping, and would convert the parallel parking to vertical parking.

At the April 1 study session, council members debated whether to proceed with the project, which could cost between $114,593 and $152,626, because of concerns over declining city revenues.

In other action, the council will consider paying $87,387 to Highland Engineering for a 2004 Chino Valley pump station expansion project. The council earlier discussed the matter in closed-door executive session.

Contact the reporter at cbarks@prescottaz.com

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