Evanston officials say the non-profit that operates the golf course along the North Shore Channel is more than $12,000 behind in paying its water bill.
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in a memo prepared for Monday night’s Human Services Committee meeting, says the group, the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association, has told city officials it doesn’t have the resources to pay the debt.
Bobkiewicz says the unpaid debt “brings into question the ongoing viability of the association to operate the golf course.”
The golf course property in Evanston is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and leased to the city, which in turn has subleased it to the association since 1919.
Eleven of the course’s 18 holes are located in Evanston, the other seven are in Wilmette.
A resolution to be voted on by the committee Monday night would direct the city manager to evaluate whether it is in the city’s interest to terminate the association’s lease and report back to the City Council no sooner than Sept. 1.
It also would direct the staff to stop billing the golf course for additional water service between now and the end of the year.
That, the memo says, is appropriate because the cost to the city to take over and maintain the property as a golf course is greater than the value of the water the golf course consumes.
It also directs the staff to look into the cost of maintaining the property as park land and investigate other potential uses for it.
The golf course lease also requires the association to pay a portion of its annual net income to the city. The memo doesn’t indicate whether the association has the funds to continue making that payment.
The Human Services Committee meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center.