West Genesee to hold discussions over golf course purchase

by Joanne Miller

The Camillus community is abuzz with excitement and concern after West Genesee School District’s Superintendent, David Bills, announced the possibility of the district buying the neighboring Westvale Golf Course. This unexpected proposal has left residents with many questions and concerns about the future of the land and its impact on the community.

The district is taking a proactive approach to address these concerns by holding several “Coffee and Conversation” sessions. These sessions will provide an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts and voices on the potential purchase of the golf course. The sessions are scheduled to take place at various times between the end of September and November, allowing for maximum participation from interested residents.

The district is also planning to hold more Board of Education meetings and community forums to gather additional feedback and input from the community. This approach demonstrates the district’s commitment to transparency and inclusivity in the decision-making process.

While the announcement of the potential purchase has sparked curiosity and excitement among some residents, others are worried about the future use of the land. The golf course has long been a recreational space for the community, and many fear that losing it to development or other purposes will negatively impact the community’s quality of life.

Additionally, there are concerns about the financial implications of such a large-scale purchase. The district will likely have to allocate a significant amount of funds to acquire the 117-acre course, and residents are worried about the potential impact on their taxes.

To address these concerns, the district plans to put the proposition of the golf course purchase to a vote of approval. This will allow residents to have a say in the decision-making process and ensure that their voices are heard.

Overall, the potential purchase of the Westvale Golf Course by the West Genesee School District has generated both excitement and concerns within the Camillus community. However, the district’s efforts to engage the community through various platforms and opportunities for input demonstrate their commitment to making an informed and inclusive decision. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the golf course, but one thing is clear – the voices of Camillus residents will play a significant role in shaping that future.

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