During the Sheridan City Council study session tonight, Feb. 11, several items are up for discussion, including an increase in fees at Kendrick Municipal Golf Course.
The resolution was tabled at last week’s regular meeting, Feb. 4, so the council could further discuss the proposed changes.
Public Works Director Lane Thompson told the council the last time the fees were changed was in 2013, when they were increased by approximately 5 percent. The purpose of the fee increase would be to bring the Kendrick Course up to par with other comparable courses in the region.
Thompson said he has discussed the possibility of adding foot golf and disc golf with course pro Brian James in order to attract a wider variety of people to use the public course.
The current price for a 2019 season pass is $475. As written, the resolution would increase that cost up to $500 in 2019 and to $550 in 2020.
The councilors’ response to the fee increase varied.
Jacob Martin said he felt that increasing the fees would make it less attractive to new golfers and others who are on the fence about where to play.
Aaron Linden’s concern was the senior discount, which is currently 20 percent at the course. In Thompson’s presentation, that discount would decrease to 15 percent in 2019 and then to 10 percent in 2020, where it would stay. Thompson pointed out that Kendrick is one of very few courses that still offers a senior discount. Linden said he approved moving the discount to 15 percent, but feels that’s where the discount should stay.
After more discussion at tonight’s study session, the final decision on the increase is scheduled to be made at the council’s next regular meeting, Feb. 19.
Also up for discussion will be a resolution certifying the Downtown Sheridan Association (DSA) is a separate entity from the City of Sheridan.
DSA Executive Director Zoila Perry said the resolution is just to clarify some paperwork for their participation in the National Main Street Program.
A city official also serves on the DSA Board of Directors as an ex-officio member. Councilor Clint Beaver was recently appointed to fill that non-voting position.
Perry said although the DSA is a completely separate entity, they still work together closely trying to beautify the heart of the community.
The councilors will also hear staff recommendations and discuss the time frame and logistics for conducting a public opinion poll to gauge support for continuing to add fluoride to the city’s water.
Utilizing the city’s billing process, the poll will be sent to more than 12,000 residents between March 1 and April 1. The proposed cost of the survey is estimated at $13,950.
If approved by the council at their Feb 19 meeting, the surveys will be due back to the city by April 22 at 5 p.m. The results will then be presented at the May 6 Sheridan City Council Meeting.