The restaurant at Cedaredge Golf Club will remain closed as the town looks for a new lessee to take over its operation and management.
In addition, the town board and administration were asked some pointed questions about financial details of the lease termination deal approved last week.
The events took place during a special town board meeting on Nov. 14 called to discuss issues involving the restaurant.
Former town trustee Mike Meskel referred to his original copy of the lease with Wildfire, Inc., as he asked the board about $19,500 in rent he said that has gone unpaid to the town over a two-year period. He also said his calculations showed that the town is owed a total of $49,500 under the former lease. He cited language in the lease that indicates the town already owns the pizza oven without having to pay the lessee $10,000 to leave it in place.
"How come we end up paying $27,008 to a company that breached its lease agreement?" (with the town), Meskel asked. He said the lease termination agreement was basically "a discussion between two lawyers."
There was no reply. Trustees applied a policy that is sometimes used in answering constituent questions by directing the town staff to reply individually in writing.
Cedaredge Golf Course pro Larry Murphy gave the trustees two proposals for keeping the restaurant open another month, run by town staff. Neither idea was suitable to trustees.
Town board member and former restaurateur Ken Simpson said the notion of a town-managed restaurant was "a dumb idea," an observation which concluded the trustee's discussion of the matter. Town staff will issue a request for proposals to manage the restaurant.
• In a separate matter, trustees and staff reacted with obvious pleasure to a proposal from sculptor Tracy Munson to sell the town some of her artwork for display on Main Street. Town administrator Katie Sickles said Munson would sell the pieces "at a discount."
• Also, Sickles told trustees that she would recommend waiving the public hearing for a conditional use permit on a property located at 980 Main Street. The matter will be on the town board's agenda for Nov. 21.blog comments powered by Disqus