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1/6/2013 10:24:00 PM
City may seek proposals for golf course restaurant
Cindy Barks
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - The City of Prescott could be out of the restaurant business soon if a move to go out for proposals for operation of the golf course eatery gets approval from the Prescott City Council.

At a special meeting this week, the council will consider whether to advertise for proposals to contract out the operation of the Manzanita Grille and the Centennial Center at the Antelope Hills Golf Course.

The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The city's operation of the restaurant has generated controversy for years, and in September, the council asked city staff to prepare the scope of work and request for proposals (RFP) process to contract out the service.

A memo on the matter noted that the next step would be advertisement of the contract at a number of sites, including the city's website.

City Manager Craig McConnell said Friday that the lengthy RFP is currently in draft form. Depending on the direction of the council on Tuesday, the advertisement would be posted on Jan. 10.

"As part of the RFP evaluation process, a workgroup to review proposals is recommended," the memo stated. "Possible makeup could include up to three council members, the golf course manager, deputy city manager, and public representation..."

Under a suggested schedule, the proposals would be due by Feb. 14, and the council would consider an agreement on April 9. The earliest start of the initial term would be May1.

If the RPF is not successful, the city has several options: going out for proposals for contract operation of the entire golf course; conducting a second RFP for the restaurant; or maintaining the status quo.

In other action, the council will:

• Conduct a workshop at 1 p.m. Tuesday to continue its discussion of impact fees.

Along with seeking direction from the council on which existing impact fees should be the topic of evaluation by the consultant who currently is conducting an evaluation, McConnell said the workshop also will focus on "the implication of having impact fees - what that really means in the terms of dollars."

While the city likely would continue to need impact fees for its water and sewer systems, McConnell said the council will consider whether the other fees are necessary. Currently, the city also charges impact fees for fire, library, police, streets, and parks.

Development impact fees are one-time charges paid when building permits are issued. The revenue goes to pay for additional public facilities and other infrastructure that is needed to serve new development.

• Hear a comment from Ralph Hess about prohibition of assault weapons within the city limits.

Hess plans to present a petition to the council that seeks a ban on the possession, manufacture, sale, or transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons within the City of Prescott.

The proposed resolution on the matter notes that the ban would promote the "public health, safety, and welfare" of the citizens of Prescott.

• Consider approval of the 2013 State Legislative agenda that would guide the city's activities during the 2013 session at the State Capitol.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Article comment by: Not a golfer

I don't golf but I've had group meetings and private lunches out there. Whoever takes it over would be foolish to let that staff out there go. They bust their humps and bring good food. Working for the city is no big payday. I hope those folks don't lose-- they don't deserve it.

Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Article comment by: HERE'S A STUDY

Four million and counting ... Someone once told me . Before this group of leaders makes a decision non productive would be ready for retirement . Note three of the five still mooching off the taxpayer --- are .

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: TO OLD DIRT

I believe all the blogs that I read do relate to "assault weapons within the city limits". There is an answer to your question as to "why anyone needs an assault weapon". It is actually very simple. It is not an issue of "needing" an assault rifle and it is not an issue of labeling a semi-automatic rifle as an "assault rifle" or "killing toy" to make a talking point. The answer is: Semi-automatic rifles are legal to own and some people want to own one. It is a "want" not a "need". Some people like to target practice with them and enter various sports events where they compete with others who share similar interests. Some people merely want to own one. It is as simple as that. Weapons only take on the personality of "assault rifles" or "killing toys" when people label them as such.

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: Yukon Jack

Perhaps Mr. Hess would feel safer in Chicago or New York City? I understand that there are strong anti gun laws on the books there. Obviously thre must be no gun crimes there either, right?

In all seriousness, why would someone with a legal background want to pass illegal legislation?

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: Assault This

All weapons are "assault" weapons by definition - be it a rock, a stick or a tank.

I can't wait to read the petition's definition of an "assault weapon."

As for the restaurant and golf course... I'm sure the running of both of those non-government, non-mandated, unnecessary, tax-eating entities are in the Hess Bill of Rights....

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: Old Dirt

Please re-read the article.....
"Assault weapons within the city limits"
He isn't trying to take away your killing toys!
What do you need an assault weapon for? Is it because you can't hit the "target" the first or second time? Believe it or not, I am NOT anti- guns.

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: curious citizen

Wonder if the airport will get the revenue off the centenial center since it technically sits on airport land

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: AN INCENTIVE

While they're working up their marketing plan for the restaurant, how about increasing interest by throwing in a little bonus incentive: the golf course.

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: HERE WE GO

I knew it was only a matter of time before someone would jump on the "assault weapons ban" band wagon and attempt to prohibit their possession in Prescott. The same old rhetoric and talking points will be regurgitated by the same old people who profess to have the "public health, safety and welfare" as their motivation. If Mr. Hess wants to live in a city that has a weapons ban, let him relocate to one. I could care less what his personal opinion is on gun ownership as long as he doesn't try to force that opinion on me. He has his right to speech and I have my right to own whatever weapon I wish. I won't interfere with his rights as long as he doesn't interfere with mine. That is the beauty of America.

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: A legal education

Mr. Hess (a former temporary judge and former Assistant City of Prescott Attorney) must know that the petition he is filing with the city seeks something that is illegal.

Arizona law clearly says that a city cannot prohibit the possession or sale of firearms. Regulating firearms is left to the Arizona State Government. Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-3108.

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: THE BEAT GOES ON

What happened to ALL the weddings?? Such a goldmine .The poor old building was never to be anything more than a private clubhouse for ex- city managers bent ego . And why would leaders keep any of the pushers that stuck this one to the prescott taxpayer . AH management and current city manager are the only winners of this fiasco . Meanwhile the beat goes on for the money pit muni , and the city employee stuffs their pockets year after year . This fiasco was only a sad and costly joke . The negative numbers are still growing -- and AH management is spending much of their time working on a story to sell the mayor and council .

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Barter

The best move for protecting and administering the health , wealth and protection of it's citizens is removing citizens like Hess. There is no threat to it's citizens to own any type of gun, or they would have never been offered for sale to the public. The threat is when someone is motivated to unarmed it's citizens. We need to do an extensive background on Hess to reveal his motive.

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: Bucky O'Neill

How about an RFP for the golf course? They could even exclude the Council party house...

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013
Article comment by: Really Now

Good Luck on that one Hess! Constitutional rights and the NRA will be sure to duct tape your mouth.

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