City seeks proposals to run golf course

Brookings City Council approved beginning the request for proposal process to find a group to manage Salmon Run Golf Course when the current lease expires at year’s end.

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A lease agreement Early Management Team has with the City of Brookings to run Salmon Run Golf Course will expire at the end of the year.

The City of Brookings does not want to take on the day-to-day running of the golf course and staff asked the council to begin the usual “request for proposal” process to find someone to continue managing the municipal golf course.

The motion to advertise the RFP was unanimously approved, 5-0, during the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 13.

Jay Trost, City of Brookings Deputy Director of Public Works and Recreation Services, explained Early Management Team’s current contract with the city, a one-year and seven-month extension, ends Dec. 31, 2020. The original agreement between EMT and the City was for three years and the extension was struck in May of 2019.

At the March 2, City Council workshop, discussions on the RFP to manage Salmon Run Golf Course began, Trost said.

At that time, staff recommended that the City begin an RFP process and solicit an agreement that has key structure adjustments from our current agreement; primarily changing components that were more like a “lease” to those more commonly seen in a “management” agreement.

Staff created the proworkshop discussion and meetings with Councilor Brent Hodges, Councilor John McKinney and Val Early of EMT. posed RFP based on the

During those meetings, “EMT did express interest in continuing with another 3-year agreement at that time,” Trost said.

Councilor Ron Hedenskog hoped the coronavirus pandemic was not having the same financial impact on the golf course as the Chetco Bar Fire in 2017.

“Today I was discussing with somebody that two years ago we had the Bar Fire and we felt that it did some damage to the golf course,” Hedenskog said. “Last year we had a pretty good year at the golf course, at least I think we have agreed that it broke even. So now we’ve got COVID-19 hitting the golf course. I hope things don’t hit as bad as the Bar Fire.”

Salmon Run Golf Course is an 18-hole course located 3.5 miles from downtown Brookings. It has four sets of tees that stretch from 4,129 yards to over 6,000 yards. It opened in 1999 and was designed by Troy Claveran. It is open to the public and includes a restaurant, full-service bar and pro shop. EMT has PGA teaching staff onsite.

Salmon Run is the home course of the Brookings Harbor High School golf teams.

The City of Brookings is seeking individuals, teams, firms or a combination thereof, interested in managing, operating and maintaining the course, located at 99040 South Bank Chetco River Rd. The operating agreement will include all facets of the operations of the facility, including food and beverage.

The term of the operating agreement may range from a minimum of three years to a maximum of 30 years. The initial term shall be determined in part by the capital improvement-redesign commitment made by the proposer. The agreement will be renewable in term increments as negotiated and mutually agreed by both parties. At the end of the term, all ownership interest, including improvements, remain with the City. The City is interested in creating a sustainable, yet renewed vision for the Salmon Run Golf Course during the agreement term.

Responses to the RFP are due to the City by June 29. For more information, visit www.brookings. or.us/. According to staff, Council approval would be during an October meeting.

In other matters, the Council approved a proclamation recognizing National Safety Boating Week and accepted the resignation of Alyshia Pacino from the Brookings Budget Committee for the remainder of 2020.

With the resignation, the City is looking to fill two committee vacancies — the Budget Committee, a three-year term, and the Parks and Recreation Commission, a two-year term.

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