District wants course to take over equipment lease

Christine Wood/Staff Writer / Staff writer
November 30, 2012 01:00 AM

The District of Sechelt has a bunch of golf carts and maintenance equipment in storage that they're still paying lease fees on, and they're trying to have the Sechelt Golf & Country Club (SG&C) take over the lease in order to use the equipment.

"We, last spring, because there was no equipment at the golf course, and what bits there were were decrepit and essentially not functional, we entered into leases for some maintenance equipment and a second lease for some golf carts. We had them through the summer to maintain the golf course and for people to use when they're playing golf, so just regular business stuff," said Mayor John Henderson. "What we were doing this past Monday was simply modifying the terms of that lease such that the payments are not made in the winter and essentially double the payments are made in the summer."

Henderson said he hoped the deferral of fees in the winter would be appealing to the golf course.

"We are awaiting SG&C's acceptance, but we have offered to them that we will provide this equipment on these new terms, in other words, no payments through the winter, but they have to commit, of course, to make the payments come April and onward."

He said that if SG&C doesn't want the items the District will likely sell "to somebody who will put it to good use."

The new lease calls for monthly payments of $7,160.16 to be paid to Golf Lease Inc. from April to September starting in 2014 and ending in 2016.

Repeated requests for comment from Brian Hall, controlling shareholder of SG&CC, were unreturned this week.

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