City did not watch golf course lease holder

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I would like to take a moment to express my concerns about the city of Walla Walla’s handling of the Veterans Memorial Golf Course. The current lease holder has been in violation of his lease agreement for years, yet city managers have sat on their hands unwilling to make difficult decisions.

Now the situation will likely create costs that could have been easily avoided.

The course is a mess, to say the least, and the city manager responsible should be embarrassed that the city’s lack of oversight allowed things to get this far out of hand. Action should have been taken long before now considering the revenue currently being lost in lease payments.

At one time the city course was something for our town to be proud of and we should all insist our city officials do something about the current conditions. By turning our heads away we are creating additional costs that will have to be addressed in the future.

The course once was a form of revenue for the city and considering the dollars spent to remove a mural that had little or no financial affect on the city of Walla Walla, I would think this should have been a top priority.

We will likely hear how their hands are tied, but unfortunately the city’s willingness to stand by and watch rather than hold the lease holder to the lease agreement will cost the community, not the lease holder, in the long run.

Scott Spalding

Waitsburg

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