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“I have a bad feeling about raising the rates at the golf course. We don’t want to lose our Winter Texan players,” said Mission Mayor Beto Salinas, when Paul Schaeffer, Shary Municipal Golf Pro presented proposed new rates to the Mission City Council in their Tuesday, May 28, meeting.

“Mission has a lot of Winter Texans who play our course. Having a nice golf course nearby is one of the reasons they decide to winter in Mission. They live nearby because the like the Shary Golf Course. They pay for hook-ups in parks and keep our restaurants full during Winter Texan season. They also shop in Mission,” Salinas said.

Schaeffer told the council the recommended rates were still slightly below what other golf courses are charging, but he needed to raise rates in order to buy new equipment. The only way the golf course could afford to get the new equipment needed was to raise the rates, he said.

Salinas asked if he had talked to the golfers about the proposed rates.

Schaeffer said the golfers were not happy about the proposed rate increases but realized they would be raised at some point. There were no rate increases last year.

Salinas asked how much money was needed for the new equipment and was told $75,000. He told Schaeffer he would rather plan the expenditure to come out of the general fund for the 2014 budget that opens in October instead of raising the rates at the golf course because all the other benefits the city receives from Winter Texans.

Schaeffer later told the Progress Times he was pleased with the mayor’s decision to take the cost of equipment out of the general budget instead of raising the rates. He agreed with the mayor that the loses at the golf course would be more than offset by the amount of money paid into the city for Winter Texans hook-ups, eating out in restaurants and shopping in local stores.

The council denied the golf course rate increase.

Glasscock Drainage Approved

The bid for Glasscock Road Drainage Improvements was awarded to Garco Industries with a base bid of $518,000. The project will start north of FM 495. A 42-inch storm drain will go north under the irrigation canal to the Mission Lateral near Mile 2 Road North to provide flood relief to an area known for flooding.

$1 Million Streetscape Project

A meeting will be held on the Conway Avenue Streetscape Project being done by Spaw Glass for the City of Mission on Tuesday, June 25, at the Mission Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will outline the improvements to be made, which will enhance the look of the downtown area. It will also provide a time schedule for Phase I of the project, which could possibly run from 1st Street to 14th Street. According to an ambitious time schedule proposed by SpawGlass, he project is expected to be completed in September or October. The $1 million project cost will be paid for through TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone) funding. SpawGlass is receiving $113,000 for designing and overseeing the project.

A request to revert a section of the Anzalduas Highway between U.S. Expressway 83 and Trinity Road back to the name Bryan Road (FM 396) was approved by city council because the name will be more easily recognized by developers, citizens, and emergency responding personnel going to Mission Regional Medical Center.

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