TWINSBURG — City Council appropriated $288,000 for items at the new Gleneagles Golf Course clubhouse at its May 8 meeting, but a wedding patio wasn’t one of them.
The list of items includes office and outdoor furniture, restaurant and banquet tables and chairs, technology, glassware, plates and silverware and kitchen smallware.
The original appropriation package included a wedding patio for an additional $50,000, but that will be omitted until Mayor Ted Yates receives proposals, which he said he hopes will come in at less than the $50,000.
"I think the wedding patio is significant to the venue and would be a huge selling point," said Yates. "And I think we can get it done for less than $50,000. It would be an outdoor spot that could be used for things other than weddings."
The city is looking at a patio that "would not be a complex project" and would measure about 1,900-square-feet, according to Yates.
City officials are hoping for an Aug. 1 opening of the new clubhouse and banquet center, and a Sept. 1 opening for the restaurant.
City Finance Director Sarah Buccigross told council she projects total revenue from 2018 restaurant operations at the facility to be about $414,165 and 2018 banquet operations to be about $140,602.
Councilman Scott Barr thanked his colleagues for "walking hand-in-hand with the mayor" as the clubhouse project moves toward completion.
"We are trying to be the best stewards of the taxpayers’ money," he said. "This clubhouse is a terrific opportunity for the city. Despite any differences we’ve had as the process continues, we’ve been able to find common ground."
In other action, council authorized the city engineer to prepare and submit an application to the 2018 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for a grant up to $50,000 for planting of 200 to 250 trees and restoration of city-owned properties.
If awarded the grant, the city would have to contribute $12,500.
The U.S. Forest Service anticipates about $3.7 million in new funds will be available for tree planting and restoring native vegetation in the Great Lakes basin.
Planting the trees will limit the amount of mowing required at Baldwin and East Idlewood parks. Officials said Center Valley Park also could use more trees as the city continues to lose them to the Emerald Ash Borer.
Council adopted a motion to demolish a dilapidated, city-owned house at Route 91 and Post Road. Councilman Bill Furey said the city has owned the property for about 12 years, and plans are to install a gravel parking lot beside the existing trail there. He said part of the house once was a one-room school.
Yates reported the Swagelok firm of Solon is looking to build a new headquarters, and Twinsburg could be in the running for the facility. "It would be exciting to welcome that company to the city," he noted.
Fire Chief Tim Morgan reported the department responded to 973 calls through the end of April, an 8 percent increase over last year.
Councilman Greg Bellan said police will be closely monitoring the Corbett’s Farm area in an attempt to cut down speeding, and police presence at the nearby roundabout will be increased.
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