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Ferron Millsite golf course improvements


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By COREY BLUEMEL
Staff writer

Work on the block wall at the Millsite Golf Course has been suspended for the winter. This retaining wall will help reduce erosion of the hill supporting the cart path on hole number seven.

The Millsite Golf Course staff and several volunteers put the greens to bed for the winter. With the lower temperatures on their way, the blankets were brought out to ensure healthy greens next summer. Course manager Jordan Leonard said "Several improvement projects have been taking place during the past several weeks. The wall in the spillway is nearly complete, and we have removed several trees and leveled out the green on number four."

B. Hansen Construction is the contractor for the spillway wall with Johansen and Tuttle Engineering overseeing the project. Project manager Nathan Johansen said the project is only 30 blocks from being finished. Backfilling behind the wall will be undertaken in the spring when the ground thaws out. "We have used around 500 blocks and they weigh 1,400 pounds each. The weight will hold them in place with space between the blocks for water drainage off the hillside."

On number four, the large cottonwood tree to the right of the green has been removed for the health of the green. Ryan Winn, course superintendent said, "The roots from the tree were beginning to undermine the green, and the tree was a very messy tree when it's leaves fell off in the fall. It made play difficult so the decision was made to remove the tree to make the green more playable. Besides removing the tree, the east end of the green was raised up. We removed the sod from the green, brought in fill to raise the surface and then we relaid the sod. We are hoping that by next June the green will be in shape for play. In the meantime, a temporary green has been set up."

For this green project, all the work has been done by the mens and seniors association volunteers. The project on number seven was funded by PCIB funding.

The green covers help to keep the sensitive grass protected on the greens.

Leonard added, "Next year we are planning to install senior tees. We are striving to make the course more playable for our seniors." The staff at Millsite will continue to work on completing the projects until the weather prohibits them.

The Ferron City Council and the Millsite Golf Course Improvement committee is still exploring the possibility of an additional nine holes at Millsite. They are still in the process of getting the feasibility study completed. The legislature approved an increase in the TRT, transient room tax monies that can be collected. If Emery County were to adopt this increase the Ferron group hopes that these added monies could be used to help fund the next nine holes. They also hope to get a grant/loan for the construction from the CIB.

The Utah State Legislature passed a bill (HB371) during the 2006 General Session that enables counties to do four important things with transient room taxes (TRT). First, counties can "�increase the tax rate of the transient room tax for counties from a rate not to exceed 3 percent to a rate not to exceed 4.25 percent". Second, the legislation expanded the designated uses of transient room taxes to include "sports and recreation facilities�" Third, the legislation allows for the funds to be used for "�making payments for construction or infrastructure improvements." Finally, the new 1.25 percent of increased taxes is not subject to the use limitations that restricts (TRT) expenditures on infrastructure to no more than 33 percent of revenue.

It is up to the Emery County Commissioners to hold the appropriate public hearings to designate a TRT tax increase. It is anticipated that the increase would generate approximately $50,000 per year. These new taxes will have little or no impact on Emery County residents and would bring the county in line with a number of other counties that have already imposed the tax.

The Green River Golf Course is also looking at expanding to 18 holes.


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