IVGID board tries to control expenses on projects
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A five hour Incline Village General Improvement District meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, ended with Trustee Phil Horan announcing his resignation.
But prior to his announcement, the board addressed several agenda items that had been pushed off in previous meetings.
Trustee Tim Callicrate was absent and Chairwoman Kendra Wong attended the meeting via phone.
The first was a continued discussion about leasing 58 gas-powered golf carts for the Mountain Golf Course. Many community members have expressed disapproval of the idea for the past few months. Their main point is that IVGID should focus on fixing the cart paths rather than spending money on carts.
Trustee Matthew Dent seems to have heard the community complaints about IVGID’s financial waste and parroted the community’s comments on wasteful spending.
“We’re losing money at Mountain Golf Course and we’re discussing spending money to lease new carts,” Dent said. He went on to say that by not getting new carts, he believed they could cut into their loses by 10%.
However, Director of Golf/Community Services Darren Howard, who had given the 2019 season wrap-up presentation for the course earlier in the meeting, felt the carts they currently have might not last another season.
He said most of the tires were worn, the seats are wearing thin and most importantly, the brakes are starting to go out.
Interim District General Manager Indra Winquest agreed with Howard’s assessment.
“I’m not comfortable making the decision to keep these carts for another year knowing there are safety hazards,” Winquest said.
Winquest also said in the 2018/19 season, $30,000 was spent on golf cart maintenance and this year, they’ve already spent $16,000 and they are expecting about $12,000 more.
In the end, the board voted to lease the golf carts.
The Tennis Court Renovation Project also made it into the discussion. Director of Public Works Joe Pomroy and Engineering Manager Nathan Chorey presented four options for renovations, the most expensive option costing up to $1.2 million.
Dent again expressed frustration about the board’ spending habits.
“I’m not in favor of spending as much money as we’re spending on our projects,” Dent said. He said he’d always been against the project.
The board decided to go with alternative 3, which includes interior remodels of the restrooms, pro-shop and kitchenette, enlargements to the wooden deck and an exterior facelift of the Tennis Center. It would cost about $1.1 million.
Dent voted present but the other three members voted yes.
The board also voted to approve Recreation Center Site 2, North East as the new location for the Bocce Courts.
Finally, the board heard a presentation on the Incline Beach House, a project that was presented in March 2017. No new information is available since that meeting.
Again, Dent expressed frustration about the cost of the project. This time, the board sided with Dent deciding it was pointless to spend so much money on a new interior when the outside of the Beach House is used the most and for only four months out of the year.
The board asked Pomroy to come back to the board with a new design for a smaller building.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 11. Horan’s last day is Dec. 16 and the board has 30 days to replace him. The board said they will likely hold off on any important decisions at the Dec. 11 meeting and wait until Horan is replaced.
Correction: This article was updated to show that Trustee Dent voted present and that Pomroy was asked for a new design for a smaller building.