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School and city partner in golf course project

Friday, October 1, 2010

The second nine holes of the Windmill Ridge municipal golf course seen during construction. Paying off the construction costs will open resources to replacing the current clubhouse, in a structure believed to be more than 60 years old. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Plans are taking shape for a new clubhouse at Monett's Windmill Ridge municipal golf course. A collaboration is planned with the construction technology class at the Southwest Area Career Center.

During a recent work session between Monett City Administrator Dennis Pyle, Director of Golf Mike Knight and architect Richard Werner, ideas were laid out for what was needed to replace the present decades-old structure.

"The city council has made it clear there would be no new clubhouse until the debt to expand the golf course to 18 holes is paid off," said Pyle. "We wanted to be in a position to possibly construct a clubhouse without taking on more debt."

Council action is expected soon to hire Werner and Associates to design the new building. The present clubhouse is believed to have come from Camp Crowder and may date back to the 1940s.

In an innovative effort to save costs, Pyle discussed the building proposal with Monett R-1 School District officials to see what opportunities were available in employing the Career Center's construction technology class on the task.

"We thought it was a great opportunity to use public funds wisely," said R-1 Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann. "The city gets something they want, and the kids get experience. It would keep us from worrying about selling a product in the end."

The construction technology class now builds houses on a pad next to the classroom on the north end of the Career Center. The house built last year is presently being sold by a realtor. With the clubhouse, the school district will be paid at the end of the project.

"We'll provide the labor. The city provides the materials. It looks like a win-win for everyone," Jungmann said.

The remaining debt on the golf course is expected to be paid off in November 2011. Construction is expected to take up to 16 months. Jungmann expected the class would begin its work in the spring for delivery after April 2012.

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