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(Posted 10 a.m., Aug. 18)
City seeking private partner to takeover Pine View Municipal Golf Course

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The City of Ottawa is seeking a private sector partner to manage the Pine View Municipal Golf Course on Blair Road. File photo

The City of Ottawa wants to get out of the golf business. Two years of six digit loses has convinced the powers that be at City Hall to find a private sector partner to takeover the Pine View Municipal Golf Course on Blair Road.

The city inherited the golf course from the former municipality of Gloucester after amalgamation in 2001.

The municipal was making money for a number of years, but recently fell on hard times thanks to questionable management. According to a staff report the course cost taxpayers $133,000 in 2011 and $135,000 in 2012.

Under a 50-year lease agreement with the National Capital Commission that expires in 2024, the city leases the property from the NCC for just $1 a year. The course is operated by a general manager under the oversight of a management board that includes six appointed member of city council and four Council-appointed volunteers.

The city's community and protective services committee is expected to approve a staff recommendation setting in motion a Request for Proposal process this week. Should a willing partner come forward, the city will enter negotiations with the prospective proponent and the NCC to establish a new management structure. Any agreement must be approved by the NCC which has sole discretion in changing or terminating the existing lease agreement.

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