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Hope on horizon for Colonial Acres

Local PGA chapter floats potential private involvement for municipal golf course

— Councilman George Lenhardt pointed out the 2013 tentative budget includes Colonial Acres funding and still carries an 8 percent tax levy increase. That number would likely go up if the course is returned to the budget, or the board would have to find money elsewhere.

Clarkson said after the meeting he would be be speaking with board members individually in the coming day about the course ahead, but he was also clear he believes cutting ties to the course would be the quickest way to effect a positive change.

“I would hope (the PGA) could solve the problem the town can't … and that's use of the course,” he said.

Kotary, for one, didn't see the rush.

“Although the clock is ticking, it doesn't end on Wednesday, it doesn't end in April,” he said during the meeting.

If the town does get out of the golf course business, it would be able to reap some benefit from selling off equipment in addition to savings realized from the removal of salaries and other general expenses. The improvements that have already been made, including several structures, will be turned over the Open Space Institute — in reality, they already have been because the town built them on land it does not own.

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