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Golf course issue has players on edge
January 28, 2013 - Frank Robinson
It's a shame what is going on at the Old Avalon golf course in Howland.
The operator of the course says he no longer can operate the city-of-Warren owned property due to a disagreement about $100,000 in needed improvements. But Warren officials are saying the operator owes the city $320,000 and is no longer operating the course at 794 E. Market St., because it has breached its contract. They claim the city has not received a payment for the lease of the course since 2009.
The dispute has left the faithful golfers of the course scratching their heads.
Sam Sloban and his wife Eleanor, of Niles, are two good examples.
Eleanor said there are about dozen leagues that use the course, and they can't get any answers one way or the other on when, or if, it will open this year.
She said time is getting tight to reschedule -- if possible -- at another golf course. She said their phone rings constantly from fellow golfers wanting to get some answers. She added that a third party is interested in operating the course, by that person can't get any information, either.
She said she can't get any answers. And she, and other golfers, deserve an answer one way or the other.
Anything less than a quick reply from the city is unfair and demeaning
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