Improvements planned for golf course; plus other Groveport news

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The Groveport Municipal Golf Course will be getting some upgrades.

Groveport City Council approved funding for $2 million for improvements that include $1.1 million for cart path replacement and $800,000 to $900,000 for the construction of new maintenance facility.

Groveport City Administrator B. J. King said the plan is to complete the design and bidding of the new maintenance facility in 2022 with construction occurring in the spring of 2023. He said the size of the maintenance facility will be determined by the architect once the city contracts with one.

“We will meet several times to talk about the needs of the golf course maintenance staff,” said King.

He said the new maintenance facility will be located near the entrance to the golf course off Richardson Road.

“The existing building in this location will be demolished to make room for the new facility,” said King.

King added the bid for the comprehensive cart path replacement will be part of the bid for the city’s annual street maintenance program “to create a more attractive paving program” for potential contractors to bid upon.

Formerly a private country club, the Groveport Municipal Golf Course, 1005 Richardson Road, Groveport, is an 18-hole, par-72 course, owned and operated by the city of Groveport. The front nine was built in 1929, designed by Frank Waugh. The back nine was built in 1971, designed by Hurdzan/Kidwell.

For information about the golf course, call (614) 836-5874.

Trucks and such
Council approved the issuance of $500,000 in notes/bonds for the purchase of a new dump/snow plow truck, a chassis and equipment for this truck, and a front end loader for the city’s Public Works Department.

Groveport Public Service Director Brian Strayer said the new dump/snow plow truck enables the city to have a back up truck to its existing fleet. He said the new truck will be added to the rotation and the oldest of the existing trucks will be used as a back up.

Strayer said the new front end loader replaces the city’s existing smaller, 2004 model front end loader, which has become difficult to keep maintained.

“We continue to have break downs with it,” said Strayer. “It’s rusted and it is hard to get parts to repair it.”

Strayer said the city could obtain the new front end loader with 30 to 45 days, but it could take eight months to a year and a half to receive the new dump/snow plow truck because it depends on when the chassis can be obtained.

“I wish we had it tomorrow,” said Strayer.

Income tax revenues
The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-to-date as of Feb. 28 was $4.1 million, which is 28 percent higher than the same time in 2021, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr. Carr noted the general fund balance was $6.3 million as of Feb. 28 or $3.3 million higher than the same time last year. Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise 77 percent of city revenues, the largest part of all the city’s revenues.

Groveport Town Hall elevator
The $163,271 project to modernize the elevator at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., began the week of March 21. The project is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

“This is long overdue and will provide visitors to Town Hall better access to the upper floors,” said King. “This is great news. Once completed we will have an updated and reliable elevator at Town Hall. This project has been in the budget since 2018. We are happy to get it done.”

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