The Exeter Township Supervisors turned down two proposals they received from companies seeking to manage golf course and clubhouse operations. The township received a proposal from Brown Golf Management that would cost $80,000 upfront, plus 25% of the profits, and a second proposal from Corsi Associates expected to cost $228,000 upfront, but with no provision for equipment or personnel. “I know . . . the board would find this an exorbitant proposal,” Exeter Township Supervisors Vice Chairperson Ted Gardella says in reference to Brown’s bid. “We are not looking for this much cost upfront to run the golf course.”
It looks like Exeter Township and the Reading Country Club in Reading, Pa. are back to square one, WFMZ reported.
At a meeting on July 11, the township supervisors voted 4-1 to reject each of the two proposals they had received to manage the golf course and clubhouse operations.
Vice Chairperson Ted Gardella said the township received one response to its request for proposal (RFP) from Brown Golf Management in Camp Hill, as well as an unsolicited bid from Corsi Associates in Springfield, WFMZ reported
The Brown proposal cost $80,000 upfront, plus 25% of the profits, WFMZ reported. The Corsi proposal was estimated to cost $228,000 upfront and without any provision for equipment or personnel.
“I know that from past discussion, the board would find this an exorbitant proposal,” Gardella said in reference to Brown’s bid, WFMZ reported. “We are not looking for this much cost upfront to run the golf course.”
“When I look at the 25% incentive, I find that some of the costs are vague,” said Chairperson George Bell.
Commenting on the Corsi proposal, Gardella said, “It looks like they have a lot of experience leading the food and beverage side, but it’s not really a golf club proposal, so this is really food and beverage only. It’s far too expensive upfront cost for us to even entertain.”
Supervisors Michelle Kircher and David Vollmer agreed.
Supervisor David Hughes asked the other supervisors, “What are the alternatives?” He said he believed that the RFP was seriously flawed, but he “did not want to debate the issue at this time.”
The township last fall hired a company to manage food and beverage operations at the club.