Glen Lakes closed, council delays possible re-opening

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DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Staff Writer

Nearly a week after a building inspector closed Glen Lakes Golf Course due to buildings being unsafe to occupy, council began the plan to possible complete closure and sale of the land.
In response to the closure, council heard an update on what the cost would be to re-open the course as soon as possible or just keep the course irrigated and manicured before a possible sale of the land.
“There are two types of temporary club houses if council would like to get the course open as soon as possible,” Director of Field Operations Michelle Woytenko said. “We would have to get a recreational vehicle for approximately 60 days which has not generated electricity and portable restrooms.”
Staff estimated the costs to get the course open as soon as possible to be at nearly $200,000 for a temporary club house, generator for irrigation pumps, electrical hookups for the maintenance yard and shade structures.
Woytenko said staff would first have to get an RV type vehicle, which would be a temporary clubhouse, while they got a more interim construction type trailer brought to the course and permitted. The RV type trailer does not have electricity, it would be a generator, and is not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
Once the interim construction type trailer is brought in, it would be wired for electricity, water, sewer and data connections after being permitted by the state — and would be ADA compliant.
Barrel District Councilmember Bart Turner wondered why council could not use the RV trailer for the remainder of the fiscal year (June 30, 2019) just so they could get golfers back on the course while council decides on the ultimate future of Glen Lakes
“We provide the two options we went with construction type trailer because an RV type is not a viable long-term option,” Woytenko said. “Anything over 60 days, we must get a structure that is permitted by the state and be ADA compliant and we could use an RV in short term while other is being permitted. The RV is not a six- to eight-month option, it just gets us open immediately while we get the other installed.”
Staff estimates the added costs on the course to get through the end of the fiscal year would be nearly $430,000, which includes the trailers, electrical hookups, generator and fuel, among other needed items to get the course open as soon as possible.
“Look, the city has not invested capital in anything for a while,” Vice Mayor Lauren Tolmachoff said. “We just finished repairing a fire station that has had sewer and other problems. Has the city neglected Glen Lakes, yes, but we have not invested capital in any parks, fire or police stations, so the argument that Glen Lakes was neglected while other areas have gotten capital is not true.”
Tolmachoff said sometimes councilmembers have to make difficult decisions.
“I have had lots of calls from citizens who want money to be spent on parks in other parts of the city,” Tolmachoff said. “Sometimes you have to extract emotions from decision and I just believe it is not a good fiscal decision to invest taxpayers’ funds for this.”
After getting a reprieve during an October workshop, an inspection of the clubhouse and maintenance building with members of the community, the Glen Lakes Golf Course was closed Nov. 7 because the buildings are unsafe to occupy.
Inspections of the buildings in July showcased “several deficiencies were cited which initially were classified as incipient hazards,” and after council gave the course 90 days to review what was needed to possibly keep the city owned course.
On Nov. 1, Glendale Building Inspector Stephen Dudley inspected the building with city staff and members of the community, in which he found that “due to continuing deterioration, the Building Safety Division has declared the buildings to be imminently unsafe.”
Assistant City Manager Tom Duensing said during the Nov. 13 City Council workshop, staff was going to seek direction on what to do with the golf course.
“We are going to review everything with council but what we are focused on is we have a short -term issue, we had to shut down a golf course,” Duensing said. “We will review the notice of violation and discuss with council two things — the club house and maintenance facility.”
Among the issues pointed out during the inspection by Dudley in the Nov. 7 letter to City Manager Kevin Phelps and councilmembers were:
• Inside the clubhouse building, the raised seating area was unstable
• Significant water damage to drywall ceilings throughout the structure
• Men’s restroom ceiling is in danger of collapse
• Electrical equipment has not been properly installed, including the installation of wiring, light fixtures, time clocks, controllers, light switches, receptacles and appliances.
• Electrical work is not grounded properly or has been installed improperly
• Electrical equipment inside the building has been subject to water damage due to the leaking roof
• All cords routed through walls and ceilings must be removed
• Electrical service equipment in the maintenance building is in disrepair and represents a shock and fire hazard
• Improperly installed electrical equipment and wiring methods that are unsafe in maintenance building
• Electrical conductors routed on the chain link fence that are not protected

Dudley said the list of 24 issues found during the review were not the “complete list of deficiencies.”
“One of the issues was the irrigation system’s electrical power goes through the building and during the review they turned off the breaker to check it and it did not come back on,” Assistant City Manager Chris Anaradian said. “If you turn off the breakers at your home, you assume it would come back on and it wouldn’t.”
Staff told council during the Oct. 23 workshop presentation, it was stated an estimated cost to improving Glen Lakes was between $5.1 million and $7.6 million.
Among the issues that need repair include between $2.1 million and $2.9 million to rebuild the pro shop and clubhouse, $800,000 and $1 million for irrigation system, and $750,000 and $1 million for a new maintenance facility.
Duensing said they would be seeking council direction on what to do next with Glen Lakes.
“If they want us to open the course, we believe we could bring out a temporary trailer and generator for the irrigation and have it open by (Nov. 17 to 18),” Duensing said. “If council does not give direction to reopen, we would have to come back with how we begin decommission of the course.”
All costs would be included in the Oct. 23 estimates in getting the course back up to par, but the irrigation system electrical wiring would add to the costs.
“The majority of costs would be included in the earlier estimates except the irrigation wiring,” Duensing said. “We had no idea (in October) we would be incurring the maintenance facility and irrigation costs to the pump because it was not even on our radar screen, so that would be additional costs.”
No matter the decision Nov. 13, the city would incur costs, including the irrigation system if council decided against reopening the course.
“Either decision from council, we will have to hard wire the irrigation system and we would want to keep it green,” Anaradian said. “If council decides to keep the course closed, we will look at securing the site and worrying about the equipment out there to keep it safe and green.”
Council will hear an update on what it would cost to keep the course green, with the golf course closed, and what they could offset from the course being re-opened during the Nov. 27 workshop with a possible final vote at the regular council meeting later that night.

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