The county’s golf course will likely see no additional support from the Pike County Fiscal Court.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, former Elk Run manager Jim Patton gave the court an update on the status of the course, leading county officials to state that additional funding from the county is unlikely.
“Currently, the course is in dormancy,” Patton said. “The greens are still dead.”
Patton said that he has personally re-seeded the greens three times and each time they grew back, before eventually dying. He added that it is his assumption that the soil profile can no longer sustain treatment and needs to be replaced.
The problems surrounding the course have been well-documented over the past several months, the members of the court have been weighing options as they work with the course on a plan to secure its future, of which Patton said that he was unable to find one, and that the course was not going to be a short-term fix, as “it’s going to take money” to fix the greens and equipment.
“I do understand the situation,” said Pike Judge-Executive Ray Jones. “And it’s, from my understanding and from the sentiment of the court, would to be not to spend any money on the golf course.”
Jones said that the substantial budget reduction facing the court in the next couple of months created a problem for putting money into Elk Run. However possible assistance might come in the form of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“Last week, we had a significant event,” Patton said. “FEMA sent people out to look at the golf course on that Monday.”
According to Patton, there was an additional estimate for around $120,000 to $130,000 that was put in for the course. That number is in addition to the “roughly” $30,000 that the course had received from FEMA for the flood that had occurred in Febuary 2018.
“All total, we’ve got about $160,000 in FEMA assistance for projects to help the golf course,” Patton said.
FEMA will only pay 75 percent of the money that is estimated in damages, the county pays 13 percent, then the state will fund the other 12 percent, according to Jones. He said that, on April 8, officials will be meeting with Col. Jason Evers, Commander of the Huntington division of the Army Corps of Engineers. One thing that will on the agenda is to discuss with him the repeated flooding at the golf course and to see whether a possible berm for the front nine holes could be constructed.
“I think we need to wait and see what FEMA and the Corps says,” Jones said. “But I just want to be clear about this. The court is of the opinion that we’re not going to spend any money on the golf course when we have so many other pressing needs.”
If Elk Run Golf Course can’t be re-opened in the next six to eight weeks then the entire season for the course will be lost, Jones said.