Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

March 5, 2014

Bad weather hurts the bottom line, but warmer weather is on the way

CROSSVILLE — As a resort community, much of the revenue generated in Fairfield Glade relies on visitors. So far this year, cold weather has put quite a damper on outdoor activity. Due to the freezing temperatures and snow, January golf rounds recorded 943 18-hole equivalents – about 325 rounds under budget and 528 less than last year.

Timeshare occupancy is still down. There were 834 check-ins for the month of February, down from 1,005 the month prior. In January, timeshare visitors only played 22 rounds of golf, which translates to  $635.

However, spring is only a few weeks away and promises to bring warmer weather. In fact, some scientists are claiming that 2014 could be the hottest year on record. March is predicted to be slightly below average at 53 degrees. April and May are expected to be hotter and slightly rainier than normal but, hopefully, the weather will cooperate for the spring golf demonstration day at Stonehenge, which is scheduled for April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Not everyone has been huddled indoors because of the cold weather. The Druid Hills pool facility is currently under construction and on target to be open for Memorial Day weekend. St. George Marina will likely open in mid-March after construction of the docks is completed. Dartmoor Marina opened on March 3 will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John Conrad reported the trails committee has been busy working on the Hemlock and Wexford trails under the supervision of Don Hazel. Fire Chief Howard Robb has been coordinating with the trails committee on an emergency plan to address any accidents or medical emergencies that might happen on the trail.

"We'll be working to make sure we can get people out if there are any problems on the trails," said Conrad.

Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. advised the club membership on various activities happening throughout the county at the February board meeting. He announced the Big South Fork Visitor Center is slated to officially open in March and will be operated by the Chamber of Commerce. Among other things, this facility will be used to promote Fairfield Glade and should result in increased revenues.

Carey reported single-stream recycling operations have commenced. "We're changing the way we recycle. Three and a half years ago, when I became the mayor, we were recycling about $140-150,000 worth of material. This past year we're up to about $435-440,000 worth of sales of recyclables," said Carey. "Our goal is, within the next three years, to be selling over a million dollars a year in garbage."

Carey also updated members on the Peavine Rd. project. According to Carey, the holdup has been due to complications regarding Volunteer Electric Cooperative's electrical line relocation.

"I know it's not what anyone wants to hear, but there is funding in place for the Peavine Rd. project. They should actually have dirt moving by early 2015," said Carey. "As we all know, that's subject to change every day."

Phil Gover, board president, announced there are three policy proposals available on the community club website for member review. The first policy pertains to dog nuisances. Violations of this policy result in written warning for the first violation, $50 for the second, $100 for the third, and $150 for each subsequent violation. The second policy for review is a clarification on the definition of "commercial vehicles" in parking policy. The third policy is an update on the dock agreement and includes language regarding property owner expense liability in removal of any docks at the club's request.

Regina Welch issued the financial reports for January, noting the club has $4.8 million cash on hand and 1,010 lots in inventory. Delinquent accounts continue to be around 2,200. Overall, revenues are at $1.1 million, with excess revenues over expenses before depreciation at $9,413.

There were four appropriation requests for the board this month:

IT Computer Equipment and Windows 7 licensing – $20,289

Mini-golf improvements – $15,000

F750 Dump truck/maintenance – $97,300

Outdoor walk-in freezer for Legends restaurant – $16,407

Before approving the requests, Gover noted to attendees that the items brought before the board are not "rubber-stamped." The board meets for work sessions each Wednesday prior to the scheduled board meetings. 

"Yesterday's meeting, we spent from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have the general manager and the senior managers come to us and explain in detail, and we ask lots of questions in those sessions. So, it's not just a rubber-stamp thing. We put them through the grill on Wednesday, in addition to many other meetings," said Gover.

Finally, General Manager Bob Weber noted that Fairfield Glade continues to have the lowest crime rate in Cumberland County, attributing this success to the fine work done by the Public Safety Department, as well as the vigilance of the residents.

The next board meeting will be held April 24 at 9 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building, unless otherwise noted. 

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