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Nick Stoner clubhouse to be rebuilt

CAROGA — After being destroyed in a fire earlier this month, the Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse will be rebuilt, according to officials.

The town board held a special meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the next steps for the clubhouse which was destroyed in a fire on Nov. 15.

“It was very progressive,” said Supervisor Scott Horton.

He said items discussed at the meeting were clean-up at the site which has been completed; the town’s meeting with the insurance adjuster, state fire investigators, sit clean-up crew and the Fulton County Landfill.

“We’re dealing with the nuts and bolts,” Horton said.

The town board would like to rebuild the clubhouse and have approved the creation of a steering committee for any work-related items for the new clubhouse. That committee includes Horton, Councilman Richard Sturgess, Golf Professional/Greenskeeper Steven Jennings and Gene Centi, chairman of the town Parks, Lakes, Recreation and Tourism Commission.

The new clubhouse will take about six months to design and up to a year to construction to be completed. The location of the new clubhouse has yet to be determined.

Although the new clubhouse will not be completed in time for the 2021 season, the town does plan to open the golf course in April as there was no damage done to the course.

“The course is fine,” Horton said.

He said they plan on doing preliminary design work throughout the winter in the meantime.

Horton said he received several emails that favored the idea of having an Adirondack-style clubhouse.

The fire set blaze on Nov. 15 in which The Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. responded at about 8 a.m. Chief Howard Dutcher said was fully engulfed in flames and had been burning for 30 to 45 minutes before the call was made giving the fire a head start.

Dutcher said the fire was a total loss due to the head start, heavy winds and the age of building.

The fire was started in the pro shop area, but the cause remains under investigation by the Fulton County Fire Investigation Team and the state fire investigation team.

Also responding to the scene of the fire to assist were Meco Volunteer Fire Company, Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellville Fire Company and the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Fire Corps.

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