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Abilene council extends Maxwell Municipal Golf Course contract for 5 more years

By Cassandra Webb, cwebb@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 23 2014 12:24:32 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 12:25:32 PM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene City Council members voted Thursday to extend the city's contract with Maxwell Municipal Golf Course for another five years.

For the last three fiscal years, the city has paid up to $40,000 of the golf course's effluent water use for golf course irrigation. 

According to the latest agreement, the city will reimburse the golf course up to $40,000 each fiscal year for the next five years, upon approval of each annual budget.

The lease terms will be presented to the Municipal Golf Advisory Board at their next meeting for final approval.

Dave Hand, general manager of Maxwell Municipal Golf Course, said he was happy with the council's decision.

Hand said he’s working with a group of golf courses to get good discounts on fertilizer, chemicals and carts, which should offer financial aid to the golf course.

In addition, Hand said he's working on marketing efforts to draw more business to Maxwell.

Also Thursday, council members approved funds for the second phase of improvements at the Hamby Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The $17.25 million payment will cover mechanical piping, equipment, concrete work and buildings and finishes packages.

The money comes from certificates of obligations sold last year.

The improvements come as part of the city's plan to pump effluent water back into Lake Fort Phantom.