Pinewood group wants answers

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

A group of people concerned about the closure of the city’s Pinewood Golf Course is pressing the Elk River City Council for some answers.

A sign at the entrance to Pinewood Golf Course announced that it is closed for the 2014 season.

A sign at the entrance to Pinewood Golf Course announced that it is closed for the 2014 season.

Peter Kimball

Peter Kimball

Peter Kimball, spokesperson for the group, told the council Monday that the residents would like to submit a list of questions in advance and then meet with the council in a workshop session.

“I would have no problem with that. I think it’s a good idea,” Mayor John Dietz told Kimball. The council agreed as well.

Dietz said once the date of the meeting is determined, the city will notify residents of the Pinewood area and publish a notice in the Star News.

Meanwhile, Kimball said later that an organizational meeting is planned to gather questions and concerns to be presented to the Elk River City Council for their consideration and to be addressed by them at the future meeting. The organizational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Elk River American Legion, 525 Railroad Drive. For more information, call Kimball at 763-441-1541.

Kimball has taught golf lessons at Pinewood and helped organize the senior league. He said people had no warning that the course may be closed and felt blindsided by it.

The City Council had decided in March to forgo opening Pinewood for the 2014 season

after meeting in a closed session with legal counsel.

The city is currently in litigation regarding the purchase of the nine-hole course, at 18150 Waco St.

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