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Park Board rejects video gaming at Westview Golf Course

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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017 8:52 am Updated: Oct. 12, 2017 8:55 am

QUINCY — Westview Golf Course will not be getting video gaming machines.

After 20 minutes of discussion at Wednesday's Quincy Park Board meeting, no commissioner would make a motion to allow the machines at the 27-hole public gold course, meaning the proposal died.

Multiple commissioners said the only benefit they saw in installing two video gaming machines in the pro shop was revenue.

Board Vice President John Frankenhoff said he remained undecided after going back and forth on the topic.

“I see about eight or nine reasons that are against it, and none of them jump off the table to me, but maybe a lot of half reasons to say no,” Frankenhoff said. “The one reason to say yes is revenue. I'm struggling.”

The only member of the public to address the board before action was taken was Randy Shover, executive director of Addicts Victorious, who warned about gambling addiction and the affect it has on families in the community.

“I would just ask you in this problem that is going on in our community with these addictions and the relationship and the things it affects,” Shover said. “Are those dollars really worth it, and do you want your name as part of the problem instead of part of the solution?”

Commissioner Jeff Steinkamp reiterated his belief the machines would not meet the Park District's mission statement to enhance Quincy residents' quality of life.

“I think the Park District is about parks, facilities, walkways, recreation and good outdoor activities, and I'm not sure this is the kind of thing we want to get into,” he said.

The only commissioner to mention supporting machines at Westview was President Bob Gough, who thought it would be along the lines of selling alcohol. The Park Board president cannot make motions.

“I thought it would be a nice little revenue stream,” Gough said. “It is very similar (to alcohol) in the fact that it is heavily monitored and regulated by the state. I thought this went hand in hand. Obviously, the majority of the board didn't, so we'll move on.”

The two Quincy area golf courses with video gaming machines — Cedar Crest Country Club and Spring Lake Country Club — generated a combined net terminal income of $73,867 in 2016.

During a review of Park District fees for next year, Director of Golf David Morgan said he would need to look at some potential fee increases for the year.

The initial proposal prepared by Morgan for the board called for no changes.

Executive Director Rome Frericks said the course was about $160,000 ahead this year, but the course still has some large bills pending.

In other business, the Park Board approved the list of capital projects that will be completed next year with bond money.

Projects include replacing the shelter at Berrian Park, replacing the north parking lot at Kesler Park, repairing the road on Quinsippi Island and replacing the pond in Clat Adams Bicenntenial Park.

The 12 approved projects are estimated to cost $930,000, with $900,000 being covered through the district's annual sale of general obligation bonds and $30,000 that rolled over from the 2017 bond.

The board also tabled district goals and objectives for the 2018-19 year to add a couple additional items. One item included in the list is to develop a plan to convert a portion of park space on the south side of Quincy for an off-leash dog park.

“It only makes sense with the Humane Society dog park being on the north end of town that we would put something on the south end of town,” Gough said. “So the staff will start mapping out and try to find a spot.”

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