Most of us would agree that the future of the Country Club of Woodbridge property (“CCW”) is the most significant and controversial issue facing our Town. It is also the issue about which there has been a great deal of misinformation and confusion. As we consider next steps with respect to the property, it is important that we all start from a common base of factual information. This is essential as we evaluate options for the long term use of the CCW. Options could include 9 or 18 hole golf operations, pool and tennis activities, cluster senior housing, single family residences, demolition or renovation of the clubhouse, open space uses including walking or bike trails, or various combinations of uses.
The final decision will be made by you, the voters of our Town. Knowing the facts will be crucial in making an informed decision.
To that end, I asked Town Finance Director/Administrative Officer Tony Genovese to prepare a power point presentation that recaps how we got to where we are with respect to the CCW, what it has cost us thus far, what additional costs can be anticipated at this time and how the CCW expenses impact other Town projects and goals. You can view the entire power point and a video of the meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance where Tony delivered his presentation in the news section of the Town website, www.woodbridgect.org.
Following are some of the key data from the report:
- Net cost to Town thus far
(including $7M purchase price): $ 9,080,244
- FY 2016 budgeted expenses
(net after estimated budgeted pool revenues) $ 653,673
- Significant future capital needs are anticipated at the CCW
In addition to the estimated $500,000 5-year capital requests for the golf course and pool, anticipated needs that have not been priced out but could cost the Town millions of dollars include: roof, environmental remediation, golf course irrigation system, furnace, other out buildings and myriad miscellaneous repairs and upgrades.
- Other Town capital needs are on the horizon
The debt from the Country Club of Woodbridge, along with other bonded projects (i.e, the Public Works building and the Beecher Road School renovation), makes it more difficult for the Town to consider other much-needed projects: the emergency services radio system, upgraded police facility, animal control building, old firehouse restoration and senior center improvements. Of course, there is always the unexpected, for which we must keep room in our borrowing capacity as well.
As the members of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance continue to establish the factual basis for our deliberations and identify options, we will be using our various Town information outlets to share the information with you. I hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with the facts as we continue our process for determining a long term CCW plan. Town property can never be sold without a vote by the residents: the final decision rests with you.
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