Cedaredge town officials want to assess penalty strokes against homeowners whose property borders the Cedaredge Golf Course, saying they use the town's property for personal projects.
But others think the town's idea is out of bounds.
"We're trying to oppose any activity" that will damage town property, Mayor Pat Means said. The idea "is based on the historical misuse of town property. People are storing landscaping material on the golf course (property). If you build a fence, you have to stay on your own property. That is what we are saying."
A proposed town board resolution would make golf course neighbors liable for trespass for the activities Means describes, and for other activities and personal use of the golf course property.
The resolution, discussed at the trustees' Oct. 17 meeting, sets out 27 specific stipulations. Violations could be prosecuted under the town's trespass ordinance.
"There are activities going on at the golf course that shouldn't be going on," said town administrator Katie Sickles.
"Staff is telling us there are a lot of activities going on at the golf course that are affecting the condition of the course, (which) the whole community is paying for," Sickles said.
The three-page proposed resolution would specifically prohibit four types of activities on or within close distance of the golf course.
• "General considerations" include restrictions on pets, unauthorized activities like jogging on the course, planting or pruning of plants on the golf course, redirecting golf course sprinklers, use of certain vehicles, unauthorized mowing or chemical application, and other activities and practices.
Mayor Pro Tem Gene Welch observed that people living along the golf course fairways look out to their backyards and see a large expanse of green turf which they think of as their own back yard. "That's not true. That's the golf course property," he said.
• Prohibited construction activities for private residences would include dumping and storage of materials on the golf course property and construction access through the golf course. A restriction on use of construction equipment that has to be located on the course proper states, "All construction shall be hand or non-mechanical means."
• Section 6 of the resolution states, "The town reserves the right to block access to the golf course for any reason in the future."
• Prohibited from private property in areas adjacent to the golf course would be "temporary structures" including trailers (banned from within 20 feet of the golf course). There are prohibitions on dog kennels, signs over a certain size, noxious weeds, and towers and antennas.
During the council discussion Welch noted, "If you let one do it, you have to let everyone do it."
Trustee Nancy Sturgill said, "I don't want that (construction equipment) on our grass and our (golf course) sprinkler system." She added that the golf course homeowners association and residents should be invited to discuss the issues with the town before a resolution is adopted.
Trustee Laurence Smith agreed with Sturgill's assessment on the need for discussions.
Sickles noted, "All the information (in the resolution) is not new." It is taken from the homeowners association agreements, she added.
The town's planning commission chairman, Al Smith, a resident of the golf course housing development, told the board that trustees "need to dialogue with the neighbors."
Smith said the neighborhood's homeowner covenants "are contradictory and flimsy," as he discovered when he decided to build a fence on his own property. He added that he personally doesn't see a "lot of gravel dumping" on the golf course property.blog comments powered by Disqus