10 a.m., Aug. 18)
seeking private partner to takeover Pine View Municipal
By Fred Sherwin
The City of Ottawa is seeking a private sector
partner to manage the Pine View Municipal
Golf Course on Blair Road. File photo
City of Ottawa wants to get out of the golf business.
Two years of six digit loses has convinced the powers
that be at City Hall to find a private sector partner
to takeover the Pine View Municipal Golf Course on Blair
city inherited the golf course from the former municipality
of Gloucester after amalgamation in 2001.
municipal was making money for a number of years, but
recently fell on hard times thanks to questionable management.
According to a staff report the course cost taxpayers
$133,000 in 2011 and $135,000 in 2012.
a 50-year lease agreement with the National Capital Commission
that expires in 2024, the city leases the property from
the NCC for just $1 a year. The course is operated by
a general manager under the oversight of a management
board that includes six appointed member of city council
and four Council-appointed volunteers.
city's community and protective services committee is
expected to approve a staff recommendation setting in
motion a Request for Proposal process this week. Should
a willing partner come forward, the city will enter negotiations
with the prospective proponent and the NCC to establish
a new management structure. Any agreement must be approved
by the NCC which has sole discretion in changing or terminating
the existing lease agreement.
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