Council takes another step on Deer Park clubhouse

The new clubhouse for Deer Park Golf Course was again a topic of discussion at the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday.

Following up on discussion from the Committee of the Whole meeting April 19 (see story last edition), council passed two recommendations this week.

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The first was to proceed with a detailed concept plan for a building roughly the same size as what is now at the course, with its location to be just south of the existing clubhouse.

Jessica Matsalla – Director ofLegislation & Procedures (City Clerk), with the City noted in summary;

* The direction is to move forward to 100 percent design on design Concept Plan #2 (Reduced Food Services) which is the smaller capacity of the options provided.

* The preferred site is located just south of the current clubhouse location.

* No underground cart storage – other storage options will be determined.

For clubhouse scope and location, aodbt will act on behalf of the City to obtain pre-design consultants for survey, geo-tech, haz mat/demo plan and other pre-design work required (except civil at this point). The project budget is $185,000 (as directedby Council in October 2020) and includes $40,000 for these pre-design requirements.

A report for clubhouse design and location isanticipated to be ready for the 4thQuarter of 2021, whereby Council could consider approval ofthe project during budget deliberations.

However, not all Council was happy with the recommendation,

Councillor Ken Chyz was still looking for a slightly large food service area.

“If you’re going to do something, do it right,” he encouraged, adding in the past Yorkton has tended to stay small, stating the city “is famous for doing that.

“If we’re going to do it we’ve got to do it bigger.”

“I concur with Councillor Chyz,” offered Mayor Mitch Hippsley.

“We’re going to do this once. I want to make sure we do it right.”

That means bigger in Hippsley’s mind.

“What would be the use of making it the same size?” he questioned, further asking if there was an option to change if the recommendation passed?

Darcy McLeod - Director of Community Development, Parks and Recreation, with the City said when the concept plan is brought back to Council, before the fine detail work is done there could be changes made.

“The size might end up tweaking,” he said.

Coun. Darcy Zaharia seemed to be leaning toward bigger too, saying he has heard from users they want more space.

“It’s definitely something I’m hearing from users,” he said.

But Zaharia would be among those voting in favour of the recommendation, which passed with Chyz and Hippsley opposed.

Also coming out of the in-camera portion of the Committee of the Whole Meeting was a recommendation the City proceed with detailed design of installation of water and sewer services to the Deer Park Golf Course with the condition that both linesbe directionally bored, and a gravity-fed sewer option be installed.

And that the water and sewer design to consider minimal disruption to courserequiring related repairs.

For water and sewer install at Deer Park Clubhouse, the total project cost is estimated at $1,200,000.

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