Among action items addressed by Truth or Consequences City Commissioners during their April 24 session was a request by members of the Golf Course Advisory Board.
The measure sought additional funding to construct new restrooms, a budget adjustment to address operational and maintenance concerns at the municipal golf course, as well as a revision to the times and rates for twilight play.
City manager Juan Fuentes outlined a 2008 resolution, which formally set aside one dollar from player green fees into an account established as an “Expansion and Improve-ment” fund. He said the resolution included a city match of all funds collected and as of the evening’s session, the balance of the account was approximately $63,000.
Fuentes confirmed that the public works project on city property would qualify and told commissioners his staff was recommending utilization of $15,276.40 from the fund for the construction of new restrooms. Commissioners agreed and unanimously supported a motion approving the expenditure.
Advisory board member Terry Vanderventer addressed commissioners and outlined reasoning behind the request to alter twilight play. He said the board’s plan was to shift the starting time for twilight play from 5 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and to also reduce the fee for 18-holes with a cart from $25.95 to a flat $15 per player.
Vanderventer explained that all tournament and organized activities were normally completed before 1:30 p.m. and told how frugal players in the community will wait until the established 5 p.m. twilight rates kick in before going out to play.
Vanderventer said his board members felt the course might realize a significant increase in play during the early afternoon hours by adopting the revisions.
Assuring that golf course manager Howie Tucker was supportive of the move, commissioners approved a motion directing staff to proceed with the drafting of a new resolution, which would accommodate the fee change.