WARREN - There will be golf or at least the Old Avalon Golf Course will be open for the 2014 season according to the finalized contract between the city of Warren and Petrozzi Accounting and Consulting, which will be managing the course.
"Golf being seasonal, it's hard to say what the turnout will be, but we're hopeful that we'll get a nice long spring, summer and fall, and that folks are eager and wanting to play Avalon again," said Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa.
Cantalamessa said the city is hoping to hold a reopening announcement in early spring and that with the contract finalized, a personal guarantee will safeguard the city's investment.
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Warren city officials are ready for a new golf season to dawn at the Old Avalon Golf Course in 2014.
"Should the operator default, the city is protected," Cantalamessa said.
The five-year contract calls for Petrozzi to pay a base amount to the city that covers property taxes; this equates to not less than the current $34,154.03 tax amount. They will also pay for the course's operating cost, which includes rental fees, advertising, staffing and the like.
After three years of operating the course as close to cost-neutral as possible, Petrozzi will pay an additional $6,000 to the city each year, not to exceed $60,000 per year. After the payment of all of these fees, the manager will be able to retain any surplus as a management fee.
"It's beneficial because first thing it means there will be golf when the season starts," Cantalamessa said.
The contract also outlines the basic expectations for maintenance of the course, which was kept up by the city through 2013 though it was not open for play, and includes provisions for termination. The management agreement with the golf course's former operator, OAG LLC, was canceled earlier this year over a disagreement between the city and its operator regarding rental payments.