Greenville

City Council expected to approve management contract for Bradford Creek

The Greenville City Council on Monday is scheduled to approve a contract with a Virginia-based company to take over management of the Bradford Creek Public Golf Course.

The City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 200 W. Fifth St. The meeting will include a comment period.

City staff are scheduled to present the finalized contract with Billy Casper Golf of Reston, Va., to take over the management of Bradford Creek. Staff discussed the contract last month.

The company is one of three that responded to the city’s request for proposals advertised in February. The company operates 140 golf courses, including 80 owned by municipalities.

Bradford Creek was set up as an enterprise fund when the city purchased it and its facilities soon after flooding from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Concerns about revenue shortfalls have been brought up at a number of City Council meetings.

City staff reported that the course operated at a deficit of $224,000 in 2015 and $222,000 in 2016 . The projected deficit is $139,000 this year.

According to the agreement, Billy Casper Golf will receive a base management fee of $84,000 a year with a 15 percent operating incentive that would not exceed $25,000 a year.

The city also negotiated a not-to-exceed clause in the proposed contract that would cap any net annual loss during the five-year period. Staff said the cap will be placed at $100,000 for year one, $75,000 for year two, $50,000 for year three and $25,000 for years four and five.

Billy Casper Golf projected losses to be $45,000 for the first year and $11,000 the second year, then operating at a profit of $23,000, $38,000 and $46,000 for the next three years, according to city staff.

During past meetings, several Greenville residents expressed concern about the elimination of youth programs offered at Bradford Creek. Staff said that Billy Casper Golf will continue to develop youth golf programs after it takes over management of the course.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the City Council is scheduled to recognize outgoing council members Calvin Mercer, Shawan Barr and McLean Godley. A reception for the outgoing council members is scheduled to take place following Monday’s meeting.

Mercer, the at-large representative, ran for the mayor’s seat during Tuesday’s municipal elections and was defeated by District 5 Councilman P.J. Connelly.

Barr, the District 1 representative, was nominated to serve the remainder of Mayor Kandie Smith’s term after Smith was selected to fill the remainder of former Mayor Allen Thomas’ term.

Godley, the District 3 representative, announced in April that he would not seek re-election so he could pursue a graduate degree.

Go to www.greenvillenc.gov to view the full agenda for Monday’s meeting.

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