Chillicothe City Council members discussed a possible reorganization of golf course management during their regular semimonthly meeting Monday evening at City Hall.

Chillicothe City Council members discussed a possible reorganization of golf course management during their regular semimonthly meeting Monday evening at City Hall.
In September, the Golf Course Advisory Board was notified by the City Council that a new general manager position would be created due to recent leadership concerns between the golf course superintendent and the clubhouse manager. Currently, these two positions share leadership; the superintendent is in charge of the golf course grounds, and the manager is in charge of the clubhouse. With the addition of a general manager, however, one person would be in charge of the entire course. Members of the Golf Course Advisory Board appeared before the council Monday evening to ask them to reconsider this decision.
Golf Course Advisory Board President George Laprade said that the decision was made quickly, and that the advisory board was unable to advise the council on what they felt was the best course of action. Furthermore, Laprade said that the issues between the two individuals should have been handled differently.
“They’re asking someone to come in and rule over both departments, and that's not good in my opinion,” Laprade said. “The problem is not going to be solved with reorganization. It should’ve been dealt with on an individual basis.”
According to City Administrator Ike Holland, in executive session, the Council decided to continue with the change in management. The golf course superintendent position will be changed to a lead position of ground maintenance. The clubhouse manager position will be changed to a clubhouse staff position. No change in salary will be made. The golf course general manager position will most likely be filled by a new staff member, Holland said.
In other business Monday evening, a bid was accepted for a new heating and air-conditioning unit for the Forrest O. Triplett Animal Shelter. Three bids were placed for the project, and Botts and Tye placed the winning bid at $5,076 for the unit, plus $785 for an extra protective layer to prolong the life of the coils. Leslie Patek, director of the animal shelter, expressed her gratitude to the council.
“Our winters are pretty horrible down there,” Patek said. “When things don’t work properly it’s a mess.”
Also during Monday’s council meeting, 1,000 unusable railroad ties removed from the old short line railroad were declared as surplus items for the city. They will be stacked in the area of Wabash BBQ and sold for $5 each. Those interested may purchase the ties at the clerk’s office in City Hall. Administrator Holland said the money received through the sale of the ties will go back into the railroad fund.
Bidding closed Friday at noon for the surplus items on display at the Leeper lot. The bids were tallied Monday, and more than 90 bids were received on the 15 items. Once the highest bids were accepted, the total amount added up to $23,132.99. Fifteen people bid on the 2007 Crown Victoria, which went for $2,000. Both 1998 Jeeps were sold; the first for $2,450, the second for $2,210. The 1997 Ford F-150, which received 12 bids, was sold for $1,111.
In closing remarks, Holland said that financially, the hospital project is right on track.
The hospital is still scheduled to open Feb. 13, with a grand opening to be tentatively scheduled sometime in January.
The next City Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a site visit to the new hospital at 5 p.m., followed by a workshop.