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City to discuss golf course plan

By Marina Riker
June 18, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.
Updated June 19, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Jeff Hurta, 44, gets ready to putt at Riverside Golf Course.

Jeff Hurta, 44, gets ready to putt at Riverside Golf Course.   Barclay Fernandez for The Victoria Advocate

The Victoria City Council is expected to discuss Tuesday the future of Riverside Golf Course, which comes after the Victoria Parks Improvement Association announced it would stop running the course earlier this month.

City Manager Charmelle Garrett is scheduled to present a plan to manage the golf course. The city is expected to take over the course July 1, which means it must maintain it or allow a private company to do so.

"My goal is to tell (the city council) what the immediate needs are," Garrett said.

The city council will also decide whether to lease mowing equipment from Professional Turf Equipment for about $48,000 during the next six months.

At a June 6 meeting, Garrett said the city would look into allowing private companies to compete in a public bidding process to run the golf course.

The golf course is owned by the city but has been managed by the Victoria Parks Improvement Association during its 60 years of existence.

The parks organization decided to terminate its lease with the city after it struggled for years to make ends meet and faced difficulties with paying back debts to the city and a local bank. Recently, the agency closed nine of the course's 27 holes to reduce maintenance costs.

Also Tuesday, the city council is expected to consider tweaking a law that regulates food trucks. Garrett said the city is looking to change the law after food trucks from other cities came to Victoria for events such as Bootfest but did not meet the city's permitting requirements.

The proposal would allow out-of-town food trucks to operate at events as long as they follow health department standards.


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