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GOLF ASSOCIATION DISCUSSION CONTINUES 5-6-15 LMS

A question of whether or not the Salmon Golf Association should be required to continue its 501 c3 status was raised at the Salmon City Council’s April 15 meeting and a decision was made to remove the requirement from the lease. Since then it has been decided that the status should be maintained.

At the May 6 meeting of the council Councilman Jim Bockelman said he thinks that having proof of the association’s good standing with the IRS should be included in the $1 annual lease agreement and Salmon City Golf Association President Steve Lish said it makes total sense to leave the phrase “must maintain a 501 c3 status” in the agreement with the city.

In further discussion Councilman Jim Baker questioned the part of the newly proposed agreement that would split the cost of all maintenance expenses. The old agreement listed replacement of the 75hp pump as the city’s only responsibility. It would currently cost over $18,000 to replace that pump. Baker’s question concerning with the new agreement was that when the time comes for major repairs, such as replacement of the 75hp pump or computerized system components, will the association have the necessary funds to fulfill its part of the 50/50 cost share agreement.

Golf Course Superintendent Josh Tolman said the situation has gone from a 30hp pump sitting in a ditch to a complex irrigation system. He said trying to compare the old 1977 agreement with present needs is talking apples and oranges. He said even in the event of a major main pump failure; under the new agreement the cost per party would be eight or nine thousand dollars apiece. Tolman said in speaking with Parks Foreman Gordon Stevenson and the Parks and Recreation Team all parties believe the new cost share agreement is the most fair and correct way to go.

The written agreement will return to the Parks and Recreation Team where the city’s sole responsibility for replacement of the 75hp pump will be removed from the agreement language and maintaining a 501c3 status will be reinstated.

The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team is set for May 13 at 3:30 PM.


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