Furious over Frear

 Posted by on 08/10/2017  Featured, General
Aug 102017
 

PLAYERS MAD ABOUT THE STATE OF TROY’S COURSE
By John R. Craig

All summer long, Capitalareagolf has heard complaints about the condition of Frear Park Golf Course. And it has gotten progressively worse. It would make Uncle Sam roll over in his grave. Perhaps he has and is trying to come up through several of the unputtable greens.

The Eastern New York Golf Association didn’t even schedule Frear Park this year. It seems the players definitely do not, as the slogan goes, “Enjoy Troy.”

This week, it appears to have come to a head – word that the Rensselaer County Men’s Amateur will be pushed back a month in order to get Frear Park in some kind of shape for the annual two-day event – and now a call by the City Council President for a committee to find out what is going on and how to resurrect the course.

Capitalareagolf learned Wednesday that another local superintendent had to come bail out the municipal course because the man put in charge by the Parks & Recreation Dept. had some background but not enough to handle the science of a golf course.

On Thursday, WNYT, NewsChannel-13 ran a story, talking to several people “in the know.” Here is a link to that story:

Troy Council President Carmella Mantello.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

Below is the press release sent out by Council President Carmella Mantello plus an official letter to Mayor Patrick Madden.

Capitalareagolf will stay on this story and have more updates soon.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello Calls for Mayor to Appoint 19 Member Recreation Advisory Board After Thorough Tour of Frear Park Golf Course

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello, after taking a thorough tour of Frear Park Golf Course with Councilman Jim Gulli (Chair of General Services) yesterday and speaking to city employees and golfers, states it is imperative the Mayor appoint a Recreation Advisory Board as required in the City Code (216-2). This advisory committee of nineteen members would have input and oversight into various recreational facilities in the City ranging from the golf course, city pools, and other such facilities.

Council President Mantello took the tour after receiving numerous complaints regarding the condition of Frear Park Golf Course.

Council President Mantello stated, “I am deeply concerned about the current condition of our City’s golf course. This is one of our major revenue generators and a city asset. Just two years ago $1.5 million was bonded of taxpayer dollars to fix the irrigation system. The City administration must take a more proactive approach to enhance and promote this jewel!”

The committee is required to issue a report to the recreation department and the City Council every three months concerning recommendations of city facilities.

Letter to Mayor:

Dear Mayor Madden,

After taking a thorough tour of Frear Park Golf Course with Councilman Jim Gulli (Chair of General Services) yesterday and speaking to city employees and golfers, I am requesting you appoint a Recreation Advisory Board as required in the City Code (216-2). This advisory committee of nineteen members would have input and oversight into various recreational facilities in the City ranging from the golf course, city pools, and other such facilities.

I took the tour with Councilman Gulli after receiving numerous complaints regarding the condition of Frear Park Golf Course. See photos.

I am deeply concerned about the current condition of our City’s golf course. This is one of our major revenue generators and a city asset. Just two years ago $1.5 million was bonded of taxpayer dollars to fix the irrigation system. The City administration must take a more proactive approach to enhance and promote this jewel!

The committee is required to issue a report to the recreation department and the City Council every three months concerning recommendations of city facilities.

Thank you for your consideration.

Carmella Mantello
Council President