New golf course employees prepare to open facility
Dec. 19, 2017 at 10:12 p.m.
Updated Dec. 20, 2017 at 6 a.m.
The city of Victoria is counting down the days until Riverside Golf Course is set to reopen.
During a City Council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Charmelle Garrett said the golf course is planned to reopen Jan. 6 after being closed for about six months.
The greens are looking good, and new employees start to work this week, she said.
"We're excited about it," said Garrett. "I'm getting lots of calls from golfers."
During Tuesday's meeting, Garrett told the council that the city is planning to charge a $2 fee to people who live outside the city limits. The city is planning to collect data to see how it impacts revenue and the number of golfers at the course.
This comes after council members earlier this month said they wanted to explore charging non-residents a different rate - a common practice among municipal golf courses across the country.
"It's recognition that it's the city of Victoria - you're a resident that pays taxes here, and it's your municipal golf course," said Councilman Jeff Bauknight.
Also Tuesday, the City Council gave staff approval to enter into a pilot program with electricity provider AEP to install LED lights in city streetlights. Compared to incandescent light bulbs, LED lights last longer and use less energy.
Donald Reese, who oversees the city's public works department, said the city doesn't have a rate established to use LEDs. Entering into this program, however, would help pave the way for more widespread use.
"It gets us in the game of putting up LED lights in the future," he said.