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Future of Muni is up in the air

Thursday, April 03, 2014 - Updated: 10:36 AM

FONDA -- Although Judge Joseph Sise ruled in favor of Mayor Ann Thane Wednesday in a charter interpretation dispute, the future of the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course remains up in the air.

Golf Commission members say the 2014 golf season is still weeks away from beginning -- though they haven't yet determined a day -- and the course currently has no golf professional and no golf carts for members to use.

"The sun now is shining," Sise said in issuing his ruling. "Time is of the essence."

The judge specifically decided to quicken his decision process based on the fact that business of the city is at stake.

Thane's attorney Paul Goldman said he will continue to offer compromise solutions to Joseph Merendo, Muni's former golf pro, to find a contract that benefits both parties.

"I received authorization from the mayor to go ahead and continue compromising," Goldman said.

In the meantime, Golf Commission Chairwoman Michele Russo said the course can operate without a pro.

"The willingness to compromise has always been there from the standpoint of the mayor and the golf commission," Russo said. "If Joe chooses not to accept the mayor's offer, we could operate without a pro if need be."

The council also set the course's rates at a meeting last month. However, a resolution to lease golf carts was tabled.

-- Alissa Scott

     

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