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Reno City Council Discusses Fate of Rosewood Lakes

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It was standing room only for Wednesday's Reno City Council meeting. When golf consultant James Keegan made his presentation saying Rosewood Lakes just isn't a viable city entity.

"You have a lot of options," he told the council. "You could partner with another agency, you could turn it into a putting course or a driving range. You could redesign it as a 9-hole course, you could leave it as open space or put trails on it. But it's losing $500,000 a year and we don't see any way you can actually make it a profitable course again. There's just too much competition in the area. And golf is contracting."

The council did question his study. And then resident Kim Rhodemyre defended the course. "I'm not even into golf," said Rhodemyre. "But I live in that area and it was originally meant to be for the flood plain. And I don't feel you're looking at it and its history and its other uses."

"It could be affordable, if you paid off the debt on it," added golfer Lance Van Lydegraf. "It is a valuable course in the area. It is affordable and so many of the others aren't."

"It's the only course in the area that offers adaptive carts for the disabled," chimed in James Dorton from Lakeridge Terrace.

And the argument was made that it is the practice course for Wooster High School's boys and girls golf teams.

Council members Hillary Schieve and Jenny Brekhus questioned the current $1.4 million debt on that property and made the point that with budget cutbacks, they are operating on half of what Parks and Recreation got just a few years ago.

The council is taking it all under advisement and plans to vote on it next month. The council has already given a thumbs-up on the SouthEast Connector planned to go through that land, but it still needs approval from the Army Corps of Engineers and from the Regional Planning Agency.

Written by Erin Breen  

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