Effort stays on course for 18-hole golf project Columbia Council refuses to rescind decision on Allview

July 15, 1992|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Staff Writer

Also Wednesday, a story incorrectly reported the February vote of a Columbia Council member on building a new golf course to replace Allview Golf Course. Michael Deets of Wilde Lake village voted against building the course during the fiscal year beginning May 1, 1992, but said he favored building it later.

Despite this April's election of two cost-conscious members of the Columbia Council, the Columbia Association will continue to work toward building a new golf course on the site of the old Allview Golf Course.

Council members were silent last week when Chairman John Hansen of Harper's Choice asked if any wanted to rescind a February decision to budget $130,000 for obtaining permits for the 18-hole regulation golf course.

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More than half of that money has already been spent, along with $645,000 invested in the project since 1985, when Allview was closed to make room for apartments, town houses and condominiums.

About 50 people -- most supporting the course -- showed up to hear association staff give a presentation on the new course, which has been laid out around the new residential development.

Although the project will continue, Fran Wishnick of Oakland Mills reminded her fellow council members that money for building the course must be put to a vote.

"The lack of emotion tonight on withdrawing the planning funds should not be seen as a sign that all of us are ready to vote for funds for an 18-hole golf course," she said.

Wishnick was one of four council members who voted against budgeting $5.5 million for building the golf course in fiscal year 1993, which began May 1. That vote, 4-4 with one abstention, came after arguments that economic times were too tight.

Two of the board members who voted in favor of the construction money, James Loesch of Hickory Ridge and Michael Deets of Wilde Lake, were defeated in April elections.

Both Charles Ahalt, of Hickory Ridge, and Norma Rose, of Wilde Lake, were elected promising to re-examine the way the association collects and spends its money.

Although she did not move to delete planning money, Ms. Rose did ask what the repercussions of switching to a nine-hole course would be.

A nine-hole course would also be profitable, but not as profitable as an 18-hole course, said Rob Goldman, association vice president of membership services.

Mr. Hansen pointed out that the decision to develop 18 holes came after months of planning and public discussion.

Since 1985, the council has considered plans for a nine-hole course and an 18-hole executive course, which is shorter and smaller than a regulation course.

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