MAYVILLE — An offer to purchase the city-owned Mayville Golf Course was accepted by the Mayville Common Council following a closed session special meeting on Monday.
Mayor Rob Boelk said the offer of $150,000 from RSS Properties, an area enterprise, was approved by a 4-1 vote. President Dale Toellner cast the sole “no” vote and Council member Rachel Forster was absent. The 130-acre property and its clubhouse at 325 S. German St. was originally listed for $695,000 and the price was reduced in mid-October to $495,000. The city most recently leased the course to MGT Properties for operation and it was being managed by Jeff Trott until last month.
Discussion about selling the 18-hole golf course has gone on for years, with residents approving a referendum in April to allow the city to sell the course to a private entity. Citizens overwhelmingly voted to list the property by a vote of 1,046 for to 293 against. Under the terms of the referendum, a deed restriction on the property states that it must continue to operate as a golf course.
The city would have the right to buy the property back at the sale price if there were a proposal to change the land’s use. The sale is contingent upon the approval of the planning commission and review by the city attorney.
“I’m disappointed in the Mayville Common Council for approving the sale for such a low price. I believe that it’s not in the best interest of the taxpayers,” Boelk said. “However, I believe that RSS Properties is going to a great job with the golf course.
The Mayville Golf Club donated the course to the city in the 1930s, and it was expanded to 18 holes in the 1990s.
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