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IN WESTLAKE: Local golfers teed off at proposed fees for development course

*published Jul 28, 2009

WESTLAKE — Golf rates for the city’s National Golf Course of Louisiana was a contentious topic Monday at a City Council special meeting.

The council, minus John Cradure, split on whether to accept the rates. Wally Anderson and Bob Hardey voted against them, and Lori Peterson and Dan Racca voted for them.

The rates, explained by Aaron Czajka (pronounced tshay-ka), regional manager for Billy Casper Golf, were derived from research from the company’s 180 other courses and from research of area golf courses.

The rates for residents of Westlake would be $30 on weekdays and $40 on weekends, with senior and junior rates of $18 and $28.

Rates would also vary depending on the time of day. Golf cart rentals — of $14 per rider — would be optional except on weekdays and holidays.

Czajka said he visited other nearby courses — Graywood, Coushatta, L’Auberge — and felt the city had a “market leader in experience for the avid golfer.”

“What we have here isn’t a $20 course,” Czajka said.

“It’s not a $30 course,” said Peterson, citing services and the value of the homes being built around the course.

Phillip Abshire, the accountant who consults with the city, backed Czajka’s proposal.

“They have done their homework. They know what type of course is out there and the projected rounds that will be played,” Abshire said.

Czajka said the council can review and adjust rates at any time. He suggested a quarterly review.

About a dozen people — half from the city and half from Lake Charles and elsewhere — attended the meeting.

Gary Anderson, who lives in Ward 4 in the outlying areas of Westlake said he didn’t agree with the council’s decision.

“Money still drives people,” he said. “If the prices are out of reach, you won’t have enough people to support the course.”

Ron Hughes of Westlake said he has memberships at Mallard Cove and Frasch golf courses and doesn’t plan to switch, even though he would be eight blocks away, mainly because of the price.

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July 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

IN WESTLAKE: Burn ban on hold for subdivision

*published June 2, 2009

WESTLAKE — The City Council on Monday suspended the city’s no-burn ordinance to allow residents in Augusta Village to clear off any remaining trees, stumps or undergrowth.

Councilman Bob Hardey and other members voted to suspend the ordinance on the condition that property owners have a burn plan approved by the city’s fire department and have liability insurance.

Residents will not be allowed to burn debris on their property once Whisper–ing Pines golf course opens or people begin to build homes.

Fire Chief Jacques Picou said he has guidelines that people should follow to receive approval.

Liability insurance for the lot can be added to a current homeowner’s policy, said councilwoman Lori Peterson.

“If they (the owner) hire a contractor to clear the lot, they need to make sure to have a copy of his insurance,” said city attorney John Van Norman.

Budget issues created confusion among some members of the council, which also approved plans for landscaping, golf course bathroom design style and aerators for fountains.

When questions arose about the possibility of budget overruns, Councilman Wally Anderson said a lack of timely updates created the confusion and that the money should be available.

Mayor Dan Cupit backed him, saying he was sure the money was there, but did not have specifics.

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June 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

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