Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the private corporation that runs the city's golf courses have tentatively agreed to end their dispute over the corporation's profits by establishing a $225,000 annual fund for children's recreation programs.
The agreement, which was scheduled to go before the Board of Estimates for approval today, amends a 15-year lease signed in 1985 that turned over the city's five golf courses to the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp.
The agreement by the golf corporation to pay into the
fund would begin next July and could be renegotiated every five years, beginning in 1996, said Clint Coleman, the mayor's spokesman.
"Mr. Miller and I just came to a mutual understanding," Schmoke said yesterday, referring to golf corporation president Henry H. Miller.
"We met and we had a very good conversation. We discussed some ideas about the corporation and came up with an idea of developing an activity fund to support programs for children," said the mayor.
Yesterday, Golf Corp. director William L. Cook 2nd said neither he nor Miller would comment until the agreement was approved by the Board of Estimates.
The original lease, signed when William Donald Schaefer was mayor, required the golf corporation to operate the golf courses without city funds, but it made no provision for re
turning any profits to the city.
Since learning that the golf corporation made $800,000 after expenses last year, Schmoke and City Council President Mary Pat Clarke have been trying to obtain some of the funds for the city's decaying recreation centers.
But until this week, the corporation refused.
Last month, the golf corporation posted notices at its golf courses, claiming the city was holding it "hostage" for refusing to approve construction projects for a fire hydrant and a clubhouse at city golf courses.
Cook and Miller said that the Board of Estimates, on which both Schmoke and Clarke sit, was purposely stalling the golf projects in retaliation for the golf corporation's refusal to return any of its profits to the city.
City officials denied the charges.