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Proposal for Worth 5K not OK with two trustees

  • Written by Bob Rakow

A Worth Park District proposal to host a 5K run at Water’s Edge Golf Course may never leave the starting blocks if trustees opposed to the plan have their way.

 

The Worth Village Board Tuesday night debated the merits of the idea, and at least two trustees—Tedd Muersch Jr. and Mary Rhein—voiced opposition to the plan that called for a 5K run to be held at the village-owned course on Sept. 14.

 

The district proposed the early morning run as part of the village’s centennial celebration.

 

Muersch said the course would lose significant money if it closed on a Sunday morning to accommodate the run.

 

“In my opinion, I do not think this is a good idea,” said Muersch, who chairs the golf course committee.

 

He said a significant number of Sunday golfers who tee off early would not be able to golf that day.

 

Rhein agreed that reserving the course for Sunday morning run did not make financial sense.

 

“I don’t see that the board can make that decision and feel good about it,” Rhein said. “We owe it to the taxpayers to do the right thing over there and increase our revenue. I can’t see shutting it down and losing this revenue.”

 

She said the proposed run and walk coupled with the clean up after the event would force the course to close from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

“The golf course is going to lose revenue. It’s not going to make revenue that morning,” she said.

 

Muersch agreed, saying that the loss of $67 greens fees per golfer on a busy Sunday morning is not feasible.

 

“I don’t see any way can move forward with this,” he said.

 

Mayor Mary Werner, however, voiced support for the run.

 

“I personally think it would be a great event for residents,” Werner said.

 

She said the run would promote the golf course as well as its restaurant, The Edge.

 

“I just think logistically it makes sense,” said Werner, who added that the event would serve as a marketing tool even if the village lost some golf revenue that day.

 

Trustee Colleen McElroy said she was not wholly opposed to the idea but it did lack a detailed plan.

 

“I think it would have been wise to have this discussion in a committee,” McElroy said. “I would prefer that everybody sit at a table and talk about this.”

 

Trustees agreed to delay a decision on the run and left the door open for a sponsor for the event or funds from the centennial committee to offset the cost of the event.