With just a few months left on their contract for the management of the Llano River City Golf Course, Two Pro Golf Management reported back to City Council last Tuesday night about the progress and setbacks that they have had since taking over the city’s golf course.
Two Pro representative Steve McNabb, informed Council that currently, the group has around $73,000 left of the money that the city budgeted for the golf course last year. When the contract ends at the end of March, McNabb said he expects to still have about $25,000 left.
Since taking over, the group has resodded some of the greens, worked to eliminate weeds, and replaced equipment that was not working. They have gone through two golf managers and two golf pros, and are currently seeking a golf pro to replace the former pro, Clay Mearns. They reported that one of the detractors to getting a qualified golf pro in Llano is the lack of a proper pro shop.
McNabb told Council that he believed that they had met the objectives that they had lined up when they took over the golf course from the City – they revamped the course into something they could market, and have begun to be able to advertise. They are currently working with a publication that has been hired by the State of Texas to promote golfing in Texas. Representatives go all over North America promoting golf in Texas, and they also produce a magazine that is distributed.
Looking forward, Two Pro said that they are gearing up to host several tournaments.
Residents who live on Sandstone Street asked the council to do something about the speeding cars and trucks that they say disregard the speed limit, and create a dangerous situation for residents there.
According to Chief James Schilling, radars put out to monitor the speed of traffic shows that the average speed on Sandstone is between 30 and 35mph. Chief Schilling said that the road has also been an area of concern, but that there was no indication that speeds were consistently over the speed limit. He cautioned the Council about putting a stop sign on the street, saying that according to TxDOT, stop signs were not deterrents to speeders.
Valerie Morris, who lives on Sandstone, asked the council to help make the street safer, and said that while it has been a concern for years; nothing has ever been done to curtail drivers from racing down the road.
Morris told Council that she had researched different options and said that some things that the City might consider would be placing speed humps on the road to slow drivers down, adding more speed limit signs, using more of the flashing radar speed signs, and stationing more police along that street.
Chief Schilling said that they make permanent speed signs, that flash the speed of the driver, and that those can be a deterrent.
Council agreed to consider the matter.
The purchase of iPads for the Council were approved after a business plan was presented by Josh Oebel. The purchase was considered in order to eliminate the use of paper, ease of information sharing, and reducing the amount of time city staff spent producing meeting packets. Previously, Council had considered only purchasing the tablets for those members who did not have their own, however, concerns about open records, prompted several council members to decide to refrain from using their personal iPads. Oebel projected that it would take 20 months to see the return on the investment. The iPads will cost the city $479 per unit and an additional $40 for the case.
Citizen Marc Sewell disagreed with the analysis of need, saying that based on the cost analysis, it would be more cost effective to stick with paper rather than the tablets. He cited the missing calculation for data usage as one reason for his disagreement.
Ultimately, the Council voted to approve the purchase of iPads for Council who desired them. When discussing how to fund the iPads, Council members agreed that they would give up their own stipends to help fund the purchase.