ANNUAL MEETING FOLB FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Meeting called to order at 5:37 with approximately 50 people attending.
Treasurers report showed $293.39 in the general fund and $831.8the junior golf fund for 2016.
It was moved and seconded to elect Joe Klammah to an additional year on the board. Motion passed with a voice vote.
Jerry Fischer quickly reviewed the FOLB charter and introduced Tim Lehmberg, Executive Director of Economic Development Corporation. Tim said he authored the LCRA study detailing the economic impact of the course on the city of Fredericksburg using the traditional methods used on all his previous studies. The study verified an annual economic impact of $8.4 million. He also high lighted year end sales tax figures of $5 million for the city and $3 million for the county from Nov. 2015 to Oct. 2016 the fiscal year. It was a record year showing a 40% increase for the city and 48.6% for the county. Hotel and motel rooms gained 288 rooms but bed and breakfasts grew to 1178. Real estate sales totaled $212 million, a 13% increase. But the average price of a home jumped by a whopping $63,000 to $361,726 in 2016 or an average of $180 per square foot. Tim informed us that Gillespie County has a total of 40 wine producing licenses 32 of which belong to separate entities.
He also said 54% of residences in the city are second homes and that 31% of persons are retired making us third in the state and ninety first in the nation in retired per capita.
Tim was followed by Clinton Bailey, assistant city manager, director of public works and parks and recreation. He detailed some of the projects he has undertaken since assuming his new position: he resurfaced the driving range parking lot and moved the transformer and the tree stump. His forces removed the fence on the ninth hole perimeter and replaced it with attractive stone and plans to plant pampers grass between them. He had the hill cleared revealing a view of the club house. He lighted the parking lot and promised additional lighting. He caused the practice bunker to be repaired. He has also authored an aggressive tree plan for cutting and replacingg trees. He is going to get various signs place to announce the presence of a golf course. He has had his crews mow the rough between fairways to enable faster play. He has conducted various meeting with gruntled and disgruntled golfers assessing what needs to be done to increase play. He has also suggested further advertising and publishing methods to further our exposure.
Alan Wooley, Director off Golf reiterated some of the projects that he and Tim are working on and gave an encouraging report on his wife’s health. He also reminded everyone that golf is not meant to be fair and to learn to take the unfortunate bounces along with the good without doing damage to property or people.
We want to thank , Ann Armentrout, Anna Marie Kluber and Martin Kuykendall for there faithful service to this organization.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn and passed at 6:53.