Photo by Joe Boyle
A two-year agreement was recently reached by the village and Billy Caspar Golf to manage Water’s Edge Golf Course in Worth.
By Joe Boyle
The Worth Village Board approved a two-year agreement with Billy Casper Golf to again run the Water’s Edge Golf Course and clubhouse.
The agreement was reached during the Worth Village Board meeting on Feb. 4. The village has taken over the day-to-day management of Water’s Edge Golf Course, 7205 W. 111 th St., Worth, during the past year in conjunction with Billy Caspar Golf.
Billy Caspar Golf has been running Water’s Edge since February, 2010, taking over from Kemper Sports Management. Kemper had previously managed the golf course since it opened in 1999.
Trustee Laura Packwood, who is the head of the golf committee, said that since the village has gotten involved in the daily operations of the golf course during the past year that costs have been reduced. The board had previous concerns the past few years with Billy Caspar Golf due to rising debt.
“The golf course has improved dramatically starting with it not be open during the winter,” Packwood said. “We want to save money for the village.”
Trustee Rich Dziedzic said before the consent agenda vote that he would agree to the two-year agreement but no longer.
“I would actually prefer one year to see how this works out,” Dziedzic said. “I would have to say that (Billy Caspar Golf) will be under the microscope.”
Caspar, who was in attendance at the meeting, said he would be fine with that and understands the concerns of the board.
“We expect to be under a microscope,” Caspar said. “If we don’t deliver, we don’t deliver. And if we don’t, we walk away as friends.”
Caspar added that the last two years has been the hardest for making money for golf courses, which has been a general problem in the Chicago area. The weather has been a big factor in sliding revenue at golf courses in the south and southwest suburbs. Snow in the spring and heavy rains during the summer months have played havoc with local golf courses, Caspar said.
“I’d like to see the golf club progress in the next two years,” Packwood said. “If we can just get the golf club to be self-sustaining; that is what we are looking for.”
Trustee Pete Kats said that with Bill Caspar Golf and the village working as a unit, this should be a step in the right direction.
“It’s a partnership and we are working to get it right,” Kats said. “We can keep playing the blame game but it’s time to move on. Now we are working together.”
Trustee Kevin Ryan agreed and said the partnership was long overdue.
“We should have done this 10 years ago,” Ryan said.
The renewal of the agreement allows the village and Billy Caspar Golf to work together through February, 2021.
In other news, Police Chief Mark Micetich requested two 2020 Ford Utility Interceptors from Currie Commercial Center. The new squad cars will replace one 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe and one 2014 Chevy Tahoe. The estimated costs are $32,603 per vehicle.
The board approved the request. No payment will be made on these requested vehicles until they are received from the dealership after May 1.
An ordinance was approved for a special use permit to establish and operate an office for Reach Education Fund at 11408 S. Harlem Ave. The office will provide educational and mentorship services for students.
The board also approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Village of Worth and the Worth Park District regarding an exchange of services. The village and park district originally agreed to the arrangement in May of 2012. Since then, the ordinance has been amended two more times,
The repackaged ordinance would require park district employees to be properly trained to use tools provided through the village.
An ordinance amending the Village of Worth Municipal Code to modify rules and regulations concerning fair housing practices was approved. A resolution authorizing the participation in the Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative will allow Mayor Mary Werner to approve a contract with the lowest cost electricity provider for a period of up to 36 months was also approved.
A business license for Asia Althamra, 6909 W. 111 th St., which will be a hair salon for women and men, received tentative approvement. Werner questioned the owners about the operation, which originally was described as a hair salon for women. Attorney Greg Jones said that different licenses are given out for a variety of reasons. However, since the staff is only cutting hair, they will not need a different license, Jones said.
Fadi Sahouri was granted a business license for the Darna Furniture Studio, 12220 S. Harlem Ave. The owner said that he would be selling high-end furniture.