City of Nampa

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Mayor Henry appoints committee to explore options to buy land at least one of the city’s golf course

Nampa Mayor Bob Henry announced today he’s creating a committee to explore the possibility of buying one or more of the city’s golf courses that sit on leased land owned by the Department of Health & Welfare.

“The City Council’s charge when it tabled H&W’s request Aug. 15 for a rezone of the 600-plus acres was clear,” Henry said. “The city needs to tighten up the development agreement and decide if it can purchase one or more of the courses once the lease expires Dec. 31, 2019.”

Since that meeting, the city staff has developed a more comprehensive development agreement that firms up the necessary infrastructure for the proposed project. The new proposed development agreement also would require traffic studies and a promise to maintain continuous golf as different phases of the project are completed.

Henry said the new development agreement has been presented to Health & Welfare and the city hopes to meet with state officials soon to discuss it.

The City Council also wants to know what the feasibility is to buy at least one of the golf courses. To address that question, Henry said, he’s invited key individuals to serve on the committee. 

“I’m excited to work with these individuals to explore viable options for making sure we keep golf available to residents long after the leases expire,” Henry said. “We have time to study these questions and figure out what the best solution is, along with finding the best way to fund it, but it will need to be community driven.”

The committee will be charged with answers five critical questions: 
1. Is there enough interest (beyond the golfing community) to buy at least one of the golf courses? The city operates: Centennial (about 200 acres), Ridgecrest (about 300 acres), which includes the Wee 9. 
2. Does the city need independent appraisals to determine the value of each golf course?
3. Would the city need to pay for additional infrastructure improvements? This was a concern by several people. This committee would have an opportunity to learn more about this to alleviate those concerns.
4. What course(s) should the city attempt to buy?
5. How would the city fund the purchase of the course(s)?  If it is determined that it’s in the best interest of the Nampa community to buy at least one of the golf courses, the committee would also need to evaluate the best options for funding that expense. 

Henry said potential options include a general obligation bond, which must be approved by a super majority of the voters; a community fundraiser so tax dollars are not used; continued lease with a purchase plan in place; or revenue bonds. A revenue bond requires only a simple majority vote and is paid off by users. 

So far, the following people have agreed to serve on the committee: 
Randy Haverfield, Nampa City Council member
Craig Stensgaard, Nampa Golf Commission member and Northwest Nazarene golf coach 
Mike Gee, resident of Green at Ridgecrest subdivision
Randy Aldridge, Centennial Senior Men’s Golf Association president
Rich Hagood, resident of Greens at Ridgecrest subdivision
Darrin Johnson, Parks and Recreation director
Hubert Osborne, community member
Gavin Powell, community member
Mark Hilty, city attorney
Vikki Chandler, city finance director
Karla Nelson, city long-range planner

Henry said he’s still seeking a couple more people to serve on the committee. Interested persons should email him at mayor@cityofnampa.us along with reasons why. 




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Vickie Holbrook
City of Nampa
Communications Director
(o) 468-5411 or 550-0038
holbrookv@cityofnampa.us

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