The Cedaredge trustees and administration have agreed to meet with golf course residents for a "dialog" over private homeowners' misuse of the town's golf course property.
"We are trying to reduce expenses at the golf course by eliminating damage caused to the course," said town administrator Katie Sickles.
During a work session last week, town officials decided to remove consideration of a trespass resolution from the Nov. 21 town board agenda. The resolution, which may yet be adopted, is aimed at homeowners whose properties border the Cedaredge Golf Course.
Sickles acknowledged that some damage being done to the golf course by neighbors might have been caused "innocently." But trustees displayed a united front insisting that the damage problems at the golf course have to be addressed.
Steve Pierce, a golf course homeowners association board member, told the trustees, "The homeowners were unaware there was ever any problem."
But trustee Ray Hanson disagreed, saying the problems date back 14 years. "This is an argument that goes back to 2000," he said.
Pierce said the homeowner practices outlawed in the proposed resolution (ranging from trimming trees to dumping gravel on the golf course) had not occurred in the last five years.
But golf course superintendent Adam Conway disagreed. "I see things that no one else sees," Conway said. "I've seen a lot of things and have found damage after the fact. This past summer a dump truck was (driven) right out onto a fairway."
Mayor pro tem Gene Welch, chairing the meeting during the mayor's leave for medical reasons, said that the town wants homeowners to be aware that the golf course is the town's property. He said he has seen people spraying Roundup on the golf course property to kill dandelions. Roundup is a non-selective herbicide that kills whatever it is sprayed on, including golf fairway turf grass.
Last month trustees were shown the proposed resolution that listed over 25 practices by neighboring golf course homeowners that Mayor Pat Means called "historic misuse of public property."
The proposed resolution would make neighboring homeowners liable for trespass charges under the municipal code. The practices outlawed in the proposed resolution are taken directly from the golf course homeowners associations' own bylaws, said Sickles.
At last week's work session, golf course resident Al Smith appealed to the trustees for a dialog in regard to the issues. "I recommend a dialog rather than going off the deep end by adopting the proposed resolution."
Smith was told that the town's problem getting its message across to the golf course neighbors is due to the weak homeowners' association. Trustee Nancy Sturgill said, "we need to get good representation from the homeowners," adding that it is "frustrating" that the homeowners associations at the golf course are "rather weak in representing the homeowners."
Hanson noted that the homeowners associations in past "have tried to get the town to enforce their own covenants."
Sickles explained there are actually two separate homeowners associations and two sets of homeowner covenants at the golf course. Only one of the associations is even functioning, she said.
Conway said that some golf courses with neighboring housing developments have cooperative agreements based on covenants while others just call local police to deal with trespass and damage issues. "We're not budgeted or adequately staffed for a lot of repair work," Conway said.blog comments powered by Disqus