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8/10/20 Did You know?

The city continues to take actions without the voice of the people. The city talks of keeping communication lines open with the golfers but continues to push forward on their own plans without consultation of the people they are suppose to be supporting. Read below and stay educated:

Golf – Development RFP Process Consistent with Council Resolution 19-0480, Planning and Economic Development staff continue to proceed through the development RFP process. PED staff anticipate bringing an agreement to City Council in August that outlines the terms for an exclusive negotiation agreement with a developer for the Enger site. Progress for the Lester site has not yet reached this step. Action by Council will allow staff to negotiate with a designated developer exclusively. This is an agreement with a developer to begin developing a plan to determine its acceptability and viability, and not an agreement to sell or that the developer will be the final development party. Such decisions will require future review and approval. Link to Res 19-0480: https://duluth-mn.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4055032&GUID=FE64BFA3-B292-423C-841C-8FCE98102784&Options=ID|Text|&Search=enger


Golf – Management In June 2020, Council approved a one-year extension amendment to the current agreement with golf course management company Antares, formerly Billy Casper Golf. This agreement ensures golf course management continuity and addresses the 2020 pandemic-inflicted closure of Lester Park Golf Course and associated adjustments to maintenance and management of that course during the 2020 season. Link to Res 20-0450R: https://duluth-mn.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4571569&GUID=28CADB81-76F5-418D-833B-7255461C026D&Options=&Search=

4/24/2020

Additional media coverage of Mayor Larson’s closure of Lester Park Golf Course

FOX21 media coveage of Lester Golf Course closure

4/21/2020 MEMO FROM PRESIDENT DAN BAUMGARTNER in response to the LESTER GOLF COURSE CLOSURE BY MAYOR EMILY LARSON

4/7/2020

Notice: Board Member Pete Howard will have an interview with KBJR on the 5pm newscast discussing golf and the current pandemic situation. Additionally, will be discussing where we are at in our journey. **** interview moved to tomorrow 4/8/20 *****

Interview with Pete Howard will air at 10pm on KBJR news on 4/8/20.

3/11/20

THERE WILL BE NO FODPG MEETING ON MARCH 17TH!

Stay tuned for upcoming meeting information.

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FODPG Meeting February  18, 2020 Enger Park Clubhouse

The Board met on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 5:30pm, at Enger Park Clubhouse.

The following Board members attended:

Dan Baumgartner, President, Trish Lilliberg, Executive Committee , Luke Murray

Directors Absent:

Tim Lee, Vice President , Paul Paczynski, Treasurer, Sue Harney, Executive Committee, Chris Stevens, Pete Howard

Greg Gilbert presented his proposal for a citizens group preparing an RFP for golf management with a Golf Board established to oversee the courses. Other similar boards using this concept would be DAHA, AYSA, Rowing Club, etc. Discussion centered on working committees, possible grant avenues and local people to reach out to. People signed up for various committees that interested them.  President Baumgartner, Chris Stevens, and Trish Lilliberg have recused ourselves due to protentional conflicts of interest.  Any future work done on Mr. Gilbert’s proposal will be done outside of FODPG.  Tom Griggs also distributed a draft FODPG Strategic Plan for discussion.

President Baumgartner updated members on the new RFPs posted on the City’s website for development of the Lester Park & Enger Park properties in collaboration with the City. Pres. Baumgartner outlined the differences in two postings (past & present) of the RFPs. The Golf Advisory Committee application process closed last Friday and accepted applicants should have been notified of their acceptance. The official Committee members will be announced at the March Parks Commission meeting, usually held the 2nd Wednesday of the month. 

The closure of Lester Park’s Lake Nine was discussed. Members expressed their concern it was closed prior to any decision being made on the Lester Park RFP outcome and the potential need for the extra Nine to be used in case there is winter green damage on the greens again this upcoming season. Members are, again, encouraged to reach out to their City Councilors and Parks Commissioners through both attendance at meetings and emails/letters to them voicing our concerns. We need to stay vigilant.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 5:30pm. Pres. Baumgartner will be inviting a guest speaker for the meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10pm.

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FODPG general meeting will be held on TUESDAY, February 18, 5:30 -7pm at the Enger Park Clubhouse. 
Other business on the agenda will be the proposal of a citizens group that will prepare a response to the City’s future (Spring 2020?) RFP for golf management with a Golf Board established to oversee the courses and hire a golf manager.  This idea was discussed at the January 2020 FODPG meeting and listed in the minutes of that meeting.   
This is the opportunity for you to participate in the development of a plan that will represent the citizens’ ideas on golf course operation. All interested parties are invited to join in preparing this document.  Committees may be formed to prepare their committee’s plan that will ultimately be incorporated into a draft RFP proposal.  Possible committees are: strategic business plan, management, clubhouse, irrigation, activities & events, marketing & advertising, fundraising, greens, charitable events, etc.  
Come and share your ideas for the future of the golf courses!
FODPG Board of Directors

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