Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

July 3, 2014

Panel recommends no election for board

Only two candidates apply

CROSSVILLE — At the June meeting of the Fairfield Glade Community Club, Dave Bouque, chairman  of the Election Committee, announced only two candidate applications had been received for the two open director at-large positions. The committee verified and vetted the candidates and found them to be in good standing. The candidates' bios are available on page 2A.

In light of this unusual development, having an uncontested election with only two candidates for two available spots, the committee recommended the board forgo candidate night and membership voting. The board is taking the recommendations under advisement and consulting with their attorney.

There is no mechanism for write-in candidates. Therefore, under the circumstances, if an election were held and a single vote was cast for each of the candidates, then they would win. According to Bouque, forgoing the election would save about $15,000 while resulting in the same conclusion.

County Mayor Kenneth Carey updated the board on several issues in Cumberland County. As previously reported, the boards of Upper Cumberland Gas Utility District and Middle Tennessee Natural Gas have approved motions to merge; however, the mayor has not yet received the details of the merger, which will require his final approval pending input from public hearings. Those details should be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

The county commission is wrapping up the budget process. The mayor expects a vote to approve the budget in July, which is somewhat earlier than usual. He also made a recommendation on the problematic communications system, to switch from multicast to a simulcast system.

Lastly, following numerous complaints about excessive signage on Peavine Rd., the mayor is exploring the possibility of creating a scenic parkway designation for that road. Carey hopes to have those findings available to present at the July board meeting.

Bob Weber gave the general manager's report, noting the final conceptual plans for the Dorchester clubhouse are available on the website. The architect is now working on construction plans, which are expected to be completed by the end of July. Additionally, Upland Design is currently working on the conceptual plan for the Stonehenge pavilion and clubhouse atrium windows. 

Golf for May was 513 rounds over budget and 1,576 rounds more than last year. About 26,000 players were serviced, equating to 22,000 18-hole equivalent rounds. Guest and package rounds continue to exceed budget expectations. The club currently has $592K in the capital and amenity reserve fund; $1.4 million in the wastewater systems fund; and $1.9 million in the operations fund, for a total of almost $4 million cash on-hand. Long-term debt was reported at $6.8 million, compared to $7.7 last year.

Barbara Storer provided the timeshare report. Year-to-date there have been 17,049 time share guests in the Glade, which translates into $357,132 time share dollars, and  represents 23 percent of total fee income.

Two appropriations requests were approved. The first was for a modular building to serve as a temporary pro shop during construction of the Dorchester clubhouse. After that project is completed, the building will be repurposed as an office for the public works department. The second AR was for facilities maintenance, to include striping and sealing parking lots. Board President Phil Gover was quick to remind the membership the board doesn't "rubber stamp" ARs presented to them, noting a 7.5 hour work session the previous day reserved for in depth discussions.

The next regular meeting will be held on July 24 at 9 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building.

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