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Caroga trying to settle with insurance

CAROGA — Members of the town’s Golf Course Steering Committee is continuing to work on setting up temporary clubhouse for the Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course and continue to work with an architect to replace the former clubhouse that was destroyed in a fire in November.

Caroga’s town Golf Course Steering Committee held a meeting on Wednesday, in which they are continuing to negotiate with the insurance company.

“There’s been some discussion with the insurance company about whether one building was destroyed in the fire, or two buildings. The town’s position is that two buildings were destroyed in the fire,” said Supervisor Scott Horton. “The difference is that if you have two buildings and in the policy there are additional remunerations that you can ask for from one building [then] you can ask for the same remunerations from the second building. That’s really important.”

He said the insurance company has been working with them, and although, there have been disagreements, he said there have been “honest negotiations” between the town and the insurance company.

“It’s my job to get the best deal from the insurance company. We have a policy that we paid for years, this policy we pay for, we want to make sure we get all the benefits we paid for,” Horton said.

He said they still do not know the costs on all items lost, but continue to work on that.

The steering committee is aiming to open the golf course on April 1, which means getting a temporary clubhouse and getting the required equipment, but is unsure if they will get all equipment that is needed. Horton said they did get an insurance check that will allow them to open on April 1.

“We will be open on April 1, from anything we have done, we have done all of those things to make it happen,” Horton said.

He said they also continue to work with the architect on the design of the new clubhouse, but it is still too early in the designing stage to tell what the clubhouse will look like.

“We’ve looked at several sights and are focusing in on one sight, but contrary to what some people may have heard, we haven’t settled on that sight. We don’t know exactly where that building is going to be,” Horton said.

He said there are many factors to consider when designing the clubhouse and where it will be.

Horton said they are hoping to have more information in regards to design at the next meeting.

In other news, the steering committee also welcomed Jerry Groom as the new Pro Shop manager, and Steven Stedman as the new golf course superintendent. The two were hired by the town after the town did not sign a contract with Steve Jennings, and he was let go. Jennings had served as the Golf Pro and greenskeeper for 37 years.

Anyone who wishes to comment on this decision, can do so by visiting the town’s website at http://townofcaroga.com/board/promail.htm.

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