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Leaked report alleges golf course neglect
Rochester, N.Y. - A leaked draft of a report from the New York State Comptrollers Office confirms what some have long suspected about 3 local public golf courses.
The report alleges that Jack Tindale, Inc., the company contracted by Monroe County to oversee Churchville, Durand Eastman, and Genesee Valley Golf Courses neglected to properly maintain, staff or adequately spend money on the golf courses as agreed upon in a 1997 contract.
The report also accuses county officials of ignoring complaints from players on the 3 courses about course condition, and failing to properly manage or enforce the contract.
James Johnson worked briefly for Tindale and said he noticed the proper investments were not being made.
I blame the County as much as I blame him [Tindale], Johnson said. All someone had to do is visit the courses to see they havent kept up these past three years.
Prior to the leaked report, 13WHAM News first reported this story in 2013 after complaints surfaced about the condition of the 3 courses.
After obtaining hundreds of documents through the Freedom of Information Act, 13WHAM News learned Monroe County taxpayers may have been cheated out of half of a million dollars worth of permanent upgrades due to Tindales actions as well as the Countys lack of oversight.
Its going to take a few years to bring the courses back to the condition they were before they were leased out, Johnson said. The County needs to come together with people who know how to take care of a golf course.
Larry Staub, the Monroe County Director of Parks, and Monroe County Chief Financial Officer Bob Franklin criticized the report with the following statement.
We are disappointed the leaked draft contains a number of inaccuracies and goes out of its way to portray the courses in a poor lightnearly all of these issues have been addressed through the Countys August 2013 decision to terminate the current operating contract...
The Monroe County Parks Department plans on resuming full maintenance responsibilities at all 3 courses for the start of the 2015 golf season.