News about Worth golf course is encouraging

  • Written by By Sharon L. Filkins

The Worth Board of Trustees received some good news about the Water’s Edge Golf Course at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Trustee Tedd Muersch Jr. board liaison to the golf course, reported that the facility is in a good place. “I would like to take credit for that fact, but I attribute it to our new general manager, Dean Gabey who has brought a new energy to the club,” said Muersch.

“We already have 47 golf outings on the book for this year, which is 37 percent ahead of last year’s number. Several of the scheduled outings will bring 120 to 140 golfers to the club for each event, which is the maximum number for the course. These numbers are great financially for the club,” he said.

He added that Gabey has brought some new marketing strategies to the facility, which is really getting the word out to the area about upcoming activities. Future events include a Shamrock Scramble on March 19 and brunches planned for Easter and Mother’s Day, with those dates yet to be announced.

He also announced that Water’s Edge has re-negotiated a lease agreement with EasyGo, the company, which provides the club’s golf carts. The club was in the fourth year of a five-year lease, at a cost of $9,000 per month, providing an option to purchase the golf carts at the end of the five year contract.

The new lease will provide new carts at a cost of $6,000 per month with a beverage cart and two maintenance carts added to the deal. Muersch said it did not make any sense to buy the five-year old carts because of the years of wear and tear.

“We were very happy with the new contract and glad that we were able to stay with EasyGo,” said Muersch.

In other board action, a business license was approved upon the recommendation of the Economic Development Commission for Luxe Embellishment to be located at 6401 W. 107th St.

The approval is contingent upon the business passing all inspections and being in compliance with all codes and ordinances.

Luxe Embellishment is a specialty retail store selling Irish dance, bridal, communion and every day accessories.

Also approved was an ordinance approving a lease agreement and an amendment to the lease agreement with PNC Equipment Finance, LLC concerning personal property at Water’s Edge Golf Club.

A resolution was approved for the allocation of $300,000 MFT funds allowing for general maintenance of streets and highways in Worth, such as streetlight repairs and curb replacements.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, resident German Cordova presented a petition signed by residents living on Depot Street, between Southwest Highway and 107th Street, requesting that parking be banned on both sides of the street.

Cordova, a 10-year resident on the street, had attended a previous meeting where he raised an objection to tenants from a condominium located on his street, parking their vehicles on the street instead of in the parking lot provided for their building. He said it was unfair to the other residents and presented a safety hazard and prevented the street from being plowed properly.

Trustee Pete Kats agreed that he had a good case and asked if the board could take action on the petition.

Village Attorney, Greg Jones, said that an ordinance would have to be prepared and then brought to the board for approval.

Mayor Mary Werner said that she would direct the attorney to prepare the ordinance. However, she wanted to reach out to the owner of the condominium first to see if an agreement could be peacefully reached to require the tenants to park in the space provided for the building.

“This will be addressed at our next board meeting,” she said.

Trustee Kevin Ryan was not present but had given notice that he would be unable to attend the meeting.