Golf Course Committee Notes
Recent Update on OGC
From a report on the February 26th Golf Club Committee meeting, it appears that the OGC has yet to be listed by the brokerage handling the sale. Committee Chair Tom Kendrick said that when the OGC is listed for sale, the offers and financial particulars of the sale will be public. He also said that the broker Marcus & Millichap told the committee that the golf courses will be difficult to sell if the 280 OGC members do not approve the $750 assessment. In addition, Kendrick said that the OVA Finance Committee is exploring the financial feasibility of purchasing the OGC property.
Other committee members raised the following issues:
- Are there any deed restrictions? A preliminary title report should be obtained and reviewed.
- The cost of the OGC property jeopardizes the Berger renovation as it must be added to the cost of this renovation
- 10M was a suggested total for the Berger renovation and purchase of the OGC property
- A guest did a calculation for a special assessment of 10M – it is $2500/member
- One committee member suggestion was to purchase the East Clubhouse and perhaps move lawn bowling there.
- Director Kendrick added that the East Clubhouse would need significant upgrading.
OVA is encouraging members to let your voices be heard before any decision is made by the OVA Board to either subsidize or purchase all or part of the golf courses with OVA funds. These are decisions that will potentially increase your monthly dues or lead to a special assessment.
A recent home buyer shared the following misgivings with the Observer: “As a new resident here, it is disquieting to read of such difficult issues facing us. I no sooner moved in than the OVA and my Homeowner’s Association dues went up. Now this issue has the possibility of burying my wife and I under burdensome and unexpected increases to our dues. I think that if we’d been aware of this issue and battle, we would certainly have factored that in heavily in our decision to move here, and possibly chosen another community. This really does have the power to affect decisions of people to live here or not.”
Tomorrow’s OVA “Project Oversight” workshop was changed late last week to an Open Business meeting with a sheep grazing contract and the OGC matter as two added business agenda items. It is unclear from the board packet whether a discussion and vote will be taken on one or both of the sheep/OGC business issues. However, President Steve Spanier, who resigned last week from OGC, wrote in his message that “the OVA board will hold a wide-ranging public discussion of options available to the OVA and our thoughts about them.”
Now is the time to let your voice be heard. At the point where residents have to write a monthly check to OVA for increased dues or a special assessment it will be too late.