Wednesday August 13, 2003
Mayor Jerry Abramson today informed River Road Country Club leaders that he is rejecting their proposal to drag out repayment of their $80,000 debt to taxpayers for 10 years and reduce the monthly lease payments.
“This proposal simply isn’t fair to taxpayers,” Abramson said. “We’ve notified River Road Country Club leaders that we’ve rejected their proposal and reminded them they have until Thursday to repay the $80,000 they owe taxpayers in overdue lease payments.”
The River Road Country Club has failed to make lease payments to the city for more than a year-and-a-half, despite repeated requests to pay the debt owed to both Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Water Company, which own the land leased by the club along River Road and Zorn Avenue.
The country club owes the city about $45,000 in back rent and the water company about $35,000. The country club has not paid any money on the $28,375 annual lease payment to the city since January 2002.
Last month, government and water company officials gave River Road Country Club officials notice they would cancel the lease and take over the property unless the debt is paid by Aug. 14. Last week, government and water company officials met with country club leaders and agreed to consider a written proposal for paying the debt.
Abramson said if the country club doesn’t repay its debt by tomorrow, it will have until the end of November – the end of the club’s regular golf season – to vacate the property.
Abramson said the country club is responsible for paying the debt and the monthly payments until they vacate the property. Abramson added that whether the money is repaid on time or not, government leaders will be re-evaluating the future use of the property.
“I believe there’s a greater public use for this land and we need to look at the options,” Abramson added. “There’s a growing demand in this community for field sports such as soccer and lacrosse and this land may represent an opportunity to help address that need.”