Council splits on Heatherwoode expense

SPRINGBORO — The city council voted 5-1 on Thursday, July 2, to spend as much as $150,000 on limestone to repair the banks of five lakes at Heatherwoode Golf Course.

City Manager Chris Thompson said employees at the city-owned course, managed by Billy Casper Golf, would make the repairs with 5,000 to 9,000 pounds of the materials purchased for $16.45 a ton from Melvin Stone Co.

Thompson said money for the purchase was made available when council downsized plans to expand the golf-course restaurant. By controlling erosion now, the city will save later on costs to dredge the lakes while improving the appearance of the lakes, Thompson said.

There was little discussion of the project by council before the vote.

Ward 4 Councilwoman Sheila Lairson was absent.

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Mayor John Agenbroad and Ward 1 Councilman Scott Anderson, Ward 2 Councilman Jim Chmiel and At-Large council members Marie Belpuls and Tom LaDu approved the purchase.

Afterward, Ward 3 Councilman John Parise said he opposed the golf course purchase in light of economic problems that have caused state budget cuts affecting the local library.

The council voted 6-0 to spend $386,000 on furnishings and equipment for the new city hall building, which is expected to be open in late September.

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