Aldermen adopted a budget amendment ordinance in the amount of $375,000 to purchase materials for the project. The labor costs will be addressed later … estimated to be around $215,000. The new system would replace the 55-year-old infrastructure.
A new irrigation system for the Smithville (Tenn.) Golf Course in in the works, WJLE reported. Aldermen adopted a budget amendment ordinance on first reading in the amount of $375,000 to purchase materials for the project. The labor costs will be addressed later … estimated to be around $215,000.
Bids were advertised recently but none were received, WJLE reported. The new system would replace the 55-year-old infrastructure.
“On the golf course irrigation, we put it out for bids and never got any bids because everybody [contractors] is too busy to put it in right now during the fall and wintertime because they have too much work right now,” said City Public Works Director Kevin Robinson.
“My suggestion is to find the materials [based on the state bid contract] and then bid it out in two or three months. That way they will have time to put it on their books for next year in October,” Robinson added.
Janice Plemmons Jackson, the city’s financial advisor, said that the funds are available for this project in the city budget thanks in part to golf course generated fees over the years, WJLE reported.
“We have a separate checking account that all golf course monies come into and currently we have $414,750 in the golf course checking account,” Jackson said. “I would add that not only did the golf course bring in that kind of revenue, but two years ago from last week $300,000 was transferred out of that checking account into the general fund so the golf course does bring in revenue to help cover its costs. In the last several years it has brought in over $700,000 in revenues. Looking at material costs only based on Kevin’s quotes, its $375,000, so with $400,000 in the bank we could write a check out of the golf course account and pay for the materials and then in operations going forward we are only looking at the labor costs in a few months and that would probably hit in the following year’s budget.”