Legislation to Purchase Raintree Country Club to be Presented to City Council at August 14 City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1755 Town Park Blvd.
GREEN, OH, August 9, 2018 -- On August 14, Mayor Gerard Neugebauer will present legislation to City Council regarding a real estate agreement to purchase Raintree Country Club, 4340 Mayfair Road, for $3.3 million.
In late June, Mayor Gerard Neugebauer reached an agreement to acquire Raintree Country Club, which includes 145.2 acres of land encompassing the golf course, driving range, putting green, and 18,788 square foot banquet facility. The purchase agreement is not binding, as City Council has sole authority to purchase land through their legislative process.
“We didn’t set out to purchase a golf course, but we are in a unique position as a City to acquire a large parcel of land to preserve green space,” said Mayor Gerard Neugebauer. “By preserving the land, the community retains the ability to determine how it should be used in future years.”
At the August 8 Parks and Recreation Board meeting, the Parks and Recreation Board discussed the Raintree Country Club land acquisition and unanimously passed a motion of support for the purchase.
Currently the City is doing due diligence to determine operating costs, maintenance and feasibility of maintaining the property. In addition, the City is gathering information from other communities who run and maintain golf courses as well as talking to various golf course management companies to determine if outsourcing the management is the best option.
If City Council approves the purchase agreement, the City administration is recommending that the money to purchase the property would be an advance from the General Fund to the Parks Capital Fund and repaid to the General Fund over a five-year period. The City administration is NOT recommending that Nexus settlement money be used to purchase the property.
City Council requires a three-reading rule, which means that Council will read the legislation at three consecutive meetings before voting. Voting typically takes place on the third reading unless the Council makes a motion to suspend the three-reading rule or tables the legislation. Per their process, Council typically discusses the legislation during Council Committee meetings at second reading.
City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1755 Town Park Blvd. City Council committee meetings begin at 5 p.m., prior to the regular meetings. All meetings are open to the public and live streamed and archived at www.cityofgreen.org/videos. Public comment is accepted at the beginning of regular Council meetings.
The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive and promising city with more than 25,000 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org.