City council says no to free golf proposal
April 10, 2013, 9:00 am by James Walker
The Burnet City Council free golf controversy came to a relatively quiet end Tuesday when council members voted to end all lifetime memberships at the city-owned Delaware Springs Golf Course and Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center.
The vote on an amended city ordinance that would provide a 20 per cent discount at the golf course and the recreation center for sitting city council members was 6-1 with council member Paul Shell voting against it.
The vote came after virtually no discussion as another larger-than-normal crowd for a city council meedting looked on.
The ordinance was amended for Tuesday night’s second reading at the direction of Mayor Gary Wideman, City Manager David Vaughn said.
The first reading of the ordinance was March 5 and included language that would have given current and future council members free lifetime membership at Delaware Springs. The free golf proposal surprised citizens and set off a firestorm of criticism that culminated in a lively discussion at a heavily-attended workshop session on the issue April 3.
For the complete story, see the April 17 Burnet Bulletin.
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