The city of Delaware’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will consider this evening the formation of a working group for the Hidden Valley Golf Course.
There are 11 members proposed for the group including board members, Joshua Bricker and Lucas Ratliff, the city’s Customer Service Liaison Linda Matthews, HVGC Superintendent Khris Kohler and Parks and Natural Resources Director Ted Miller.
Volunteer members from the public are Brian Canavan, vice president of Habitat for Humanity in Columbus; Cindy Sheets, a longtime Delaware resident and six-year course member; Jeff Taylor, who worked at the course for two seasons eight years ago; Edward Schlote, a member of HGVC since he moved to Delaware in 2010; Scott Zagorski, who’s played golf since he was 12 years old and has taken his daughter to Hidden Valley; and Scott Fanok, an associate director of Verizon Enterprize Solutions in Hilliard and who has worked as golf course manager in Athens during the late 1980s.
Miller said the working group would make recommendations to the advisory board to consider for Council approval. He wants to schedule a meeting before the end of the year.
The city purchased the nine-hole, par-28 course in 1974, according to Gazette records. The city invested $50,000 for the first major renovations in decades to the golf course during the off-season before it re-opened in March.
In other business, the board will continue the discussion of its 2016 bike plan, which envisions the city bike-friendly by 2025. Columbus-based Santec Consulting Service presented the plan to the board at its October meeting, and provided 109 infrastructure and non-infrastructure-related recommendations. Among them include the city to increase its annual trail maintenance budget to $80,000 from $5,000 and establish an annual capital improvement plan fund for bike projects.
The board will meet at City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St., 7 p.m. in council chambers.
Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.