Council discusses steps to building golf clubhouse
by Rachel Davis
May 28, 2014 | 1556 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — The Dora City Council agreed to establish a committee to look into the possibility of building a clubhouse at the city-owned Horse Creek Golf Course, which the mayor called the “first step” toward the project.

The golf course currently occupies two modular units, which Mayor Randy Stephens said were aging.

“We’re going to have to either replace the modular units or build a clubhouse,” Stephens told the council Tuesday night.

The newly-established committee will look at Dora’s needs as far as building size, uses and potential cost.

Council member Clyde Nix expressed concern about borrowing more money for the golf course when only a small portion of city residents play golf. Nix did not say he was against a clubhouse, but wants to make sure the golf course remains self-sustaining and is able to give back to the residents who have supplied it with capital thus far.

The city currently owes $315,000 on a loan for the golf course, according to Stephens.

Anyone in the city interested in helping the committee should contact Stephens or a council member.

In other business, the council:

•Approved a pre-disciplinary hearing policy for city law enforcement officers.

•Approved MacArthur Sargent to fill the vacancy on the Dora Utilities Board of Directors.

•Heard from Lila Sears, executive director of the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center, who updated them on the center’s progress and asked them to up their donation to $5,000. The council gave $2,500 last year.

•Approved the city audit for 2013.

•Approved the city’s participation in the annual sales tax holiday for school supplies.

•Approved a $100 refundable damage deposit for anyone renting the city’s civic center in the wake of problems with a recent rental.

•Discussed possible uses for the T.S. Boyd property, if the city was to take possession of it from the Walker County Board of Education.

•Approved up to $750 for a new engine for the street department’s truck and an air conditioner for the supervisor’s office to keep the video and security equipment from overheating.

•Approved Seth Damon to the city’s fire department.