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Task force begins work to find new Nemadji Golf Course operator

The Nemadji Golf Course in Superior. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

A task force created to find a new operator for the Nemadji Golf Course got to work Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The goal is to have a recommendation for a new operator — to start in the 2020 season — to the Superior City Council by June.

"We're on a pretty quick time frame, have an agreement say July, so they have time to get things going to start on Jan. 1, 2020," said Jean Vito, finance director and senior administrator for the city and adviser to the task force.

Mark Carlson, the current operator of the city-owned golf course, plans to relinquish the operation at the end of the year.

Vito said the goal of the task force is to make a recommendation to the Council to recommend a new operator.

In 2004, the city made the decision not to hire a manager and run the golf course using city staff anymore, and instead leased the facility to Nemadji Golf Course Inc. to operate. Staff was hired by Nemadji Golf Course Inc., which also provided equipment and managed the operation.

The city plans to continue to operate that way and maintain the facility as a 36-hole golf course when it negotiates a new management agreement with the next operator.

Because of the time constraints, Vito said the task force's work will be completed at a fast pace.

One of the things the task force will have to consider is equipping the golf course because all the golf carts at the facility are provided by the current operator, Councilor Jack Sweeney said.

"We're going to work on the terms of the lease and the request for proposals," Vito said. She said the most intense work will take place in the next month as the task force considers terms of an agreement for the next operator and drafting the request for proposals.

The task force meets against at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in Room 204 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St. The meetings are open to the public.