WARREN - A second possible operator for the Old Avalon Golf Course in Howland stepped forward, telling City Council on Wednesday that he is interested in doing what he can to save the city-owned course.
Marc Beechy, whose family ran the former Forest Oaks Golf Course for 54 years, said he has golf carts and other equipment in storage needed for operating a course.
"We've been trying to reach Mr. (Safety-Service Director Enzo) Cantalamessa about working with the city for about three months," Beechy said. "We are ready to work with it in whatever way it wants."
Beechy said they are willing to buy the property, lease it or manage it for the city.
"Managing it would likely be in the best interest for the city," Beechy said.
The former managers of Forest Oaks said a combination of his parents' deaths, the deteriorating land market due to the recession and other factors caused the family to lose Forest Oaks.
Cantalamessa said he spoke to Beechy last week and told him to come back with a formal proposal.
Scott Karabin, a PGA professional who earlier this year told council members that he was interested in managing the golf course, said he also remains interested in managing the golf course. Karabin, on Monday, told the council he does not want the course sold.
Council placed in second reading legislation that, if passed, will give the administration authority to sell the golf course.
Several council members have been critical of the move, because they consider the golf course a valuable asset to city residents. In addition, they are concerned that the city will lose the mineral rights for oil and gas under the course's land.
The golf course remains closed this season while the city determines its fate.