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Where is grass greener?

Town, groundskeeper at odds on course closure, public to have say

Colonial Acres Superintendent Patrick Blum feels the golf course is being leveraged as a budgetary quick fix.

Colonial Acres Superintendent Patrick Blum feels the golf course is being leveraged as a budgetary quick fix. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Blum said he feels the timing is wrong to talk about closing the course. Colonial Acres has won more than 12 state and national environmental awards for sustainability and is currently in the final round to potentially win the New York State Environmental Excellence Award. A profile of the golf course on “extreme maintenance” was also released last month through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

“We are at the point where we’re getting national recognition for our efforts and now they’re talking about closing. It’s ironic,” he said.

Blum said he feels the town should be doing more to help market the golf course and has suggested some minor improvements like giving a cheaper usage fee to residents and separate portable toilets for men and women. He felt those small changes would bring in more golfers.

The tentative budget also includes other cuts in the Parks and Recreation Department totaling $20,000, including the elimination of a night ranger job, reducing pool staffing early and late in the season and increasing field maintenance fees.

Budget workshops begin on Oct.1, with a workshop devoted to Colonial Acres scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. Adoption of the budget is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov.14.

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