Danville council OKs new Harrison Park agreement

Danville council OKs new Harrison Park agreement

DANVILLE — Aldermen approved a new agreement Tuesday night with Harrison Park Golf Course management, shifting a portion of the manager's compensation from the parks and public property budget to the golf course budget.

Under the previous agreement, 15 percent of manager Brock Burton's compensation came from the parks and public property budget in the public works department, but now, 100 percent of Burton's annual salary of $63,036 and commissions will come from the golf course. The 15 percent Burton's salary that previously came from parks and public property stemmed from duties he was still responsible for in his previous position with the city, which was recreation and public facilities manager. Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said those duties will now be shifted to someone else in parks.

In addition to Burton's annual salary and benefits, the agreement also gives him a portion of the profits from golf cart and hand cart rentals, the driving range, greens fees and season passes. But he's required to operate at his expense, which includes the cost of personnel and supplies, a pro shop and a concession. Burton retains 100 percent of revenues from the pro shop and concession.

After discussing the new agreement in closed session, aldermen voted 8-2 to approve the new contract that will end in December 2015. Aldermen Bill Black and Rickey Williams Jr. voted against the agreement.

Black said he voted no because he would like to see more information about Burton's income beyond the annual salary.

Black said he agrees that it's better not to split his duties between the golf course and parks department, but he's never seen what Burton's gross income is.

"How much money does he make from what he gets?" said Black, who added that maybe he doesn't profit much from the other revenue areas, but he would like that information in making a decision on the new agreement. Black said he also voted no because he doesn't like that Burton doesn't live in the city, and the liquor license for the golf course is in an employee's name rather than his name.

Burton temporarily stepped into the role of managing the city-owned Harrison Park golf course in the spring of 2011 after a newly hired independent contractor opted out of his contract with the city to operate Harrison Park.

Later that year, the city made the arrangement permanent, entering into a three-year agreement with Burton in which he would manage the golf course for an annual salary of $62,000, but 15 percent of that salary, or $9,300, was for his other duties in parks and public properties, including overseeing Winter Park and Danville Stadium. That's the portion under this new three-year agreement that will be shifted into the Harrison Park budget.

Alderman also voted 10-0 to purchase for $5,000 property at the southeast corner of Martin Street and Voorhees Street. The city intends to demolish the structure on the property. Ahrens said the purchase and clearing of that site will improve visibility for drivers using that intersection and, long term, possibly fit into city plans to widen Voorhees Street in that block.

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