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Conyers approves $2M Cherokee Golf operation budget
Conyers City Council Notebook
Tommy Moon - photo by Photo by William Brawley

The renovation and rebuilding of Cherokee Run is going at breakneck speed as the Conyers city council moved ahead with several large decisions related to teh golf course at its Wednesday night meeting.

The council approved a $2 million budget and enterprise fund for the Cherokee Run course for running and rehabilitating the Cherokee Run golf course. The city would use about $860,000 from its reserves as a capital infusion for the facility as it gets up and running. City Manager Tony Lucas said as the operation gets into the black, the infusion will go back to the city's reserves.

The council also appointed former Honey Creek golf course head Tommy Moon as the director of Cherokee Run. Moon's salary as a city employee hasn't been worked out yet, said City Manager Tony Lucas, but Moon is currently paid on a contractual basis of about $1400 a week. Lucas touted Moon's reputation and pull among the golf professional community.

Councilman Marty Jones pointed out large chunks of the budget will be one-time expenses, such as $300,000 for irrigation renovation/repairs and $150,000 for bunker renovation/repairs.

The city council also approved a contract up to $87,000 with Ray Jones Inc. construction company to renovate the club house.

Other expenditures for the golf course include the lease purchase of 65 club car golf carts, for $261,022 and three John Deere Gator tractors for $18,857.

In other city council business:

- About 542 feet of drain pipes will be installed along Pine Log Road, near 1060 Pine Log Road down to Pine Street. The council approved a contract bid from Miller Grading Inc. for $30,542.

- The council denied a special use permit to Omega Builders to sell automotive parts and accessories, such as rims, in a general business district at 1071 Railroad Street. The Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission had recommended denial at a public hearing on Oct. 14. The proposed owner, Muddessar Ahmad, spoke before the council to describe the shop and request passage of the special use permit.