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Three councillors voted against it, including Councillor Henry Braun who says he thinks Council may have priorities mixed up.
“There’s more important things that we could be doing. I mentioned the Warm Zone, I mean there’s a real need. 1300 women versus 181 golfers, if I have to choose between the two I would go with the warm zone.”
Braun says he’s also concerned that Ledgeview will be back for more help next year.
Course president Pat Differ says Braun could be correct in that the course isn’t out of the woods.
“Less than a year from now we’ll be sitting down with the city trying to figure out about a moving forward strategy regarding Ledgeview golf course. Members are more than anxious to continue, but we’re going to need some support in order to be able to manage the golf course for the City.”
Mayor Bruce Banman says he’s not happy about having to kick in the money but says Ledgeview helps raise money for countless local charities.
He also says letting Ledgeview sink or swim on its own might not be a great option for the City.
“The City does own the land. If they were to close, if they were to fail on their lease we would most likely be stuck with a golf course and no equipment to maintain it, and I don’t think the City could maintain it for that price.”