Clubhouse in limbo

County stops Shadow Mountain reservations

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With the future of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse still unclear, Moffat County officials are no longer taking reservations for the facility for next year.

But the county won't cancel reservations that residents have already made for 2006 at the clubhouse, county facilities coordinator Stephanie Pearce said.

The decision comes as county commissioners debate whether to close the clubhouse because of funding issues.

Before accepting new reservations, Pearce said she would wait until the county commissioners make a decision about whether to sell the clubhouse.

A variety of groups use the clubhouse's swimming pool and meeting rooms.

If commissioners decide to close the facility, the reservations for 2006 will be canceled, Pearce said.

The county hasn't collected deposits on any of the 2006 reservations, she said.

The county is considering closing the facility to pay for capital projects that have been postponed in recent years.

It would cost the county about $90,000 to keep the clubhouse open next year, Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Commissioners say they intend to make a decision on the clubhouse's fate soon, Gray said.

When commissioners campaigned for Referendum 1A, they said Shadow Mountain would close if the referendum failed.

Referendum 1A would have allowed the county to keep about $960,000 in tax revenues that it would have otherwise refunded to taxpayers.

On Nov. 1, voters rejected 1A.

Commissioners have since said they would try to keep the clubhouse open.

Commissioners must finalize the 2006 budget by Dec. 6, but they still haven't made a decision about Shadow Mountain.

At Tuesday's regular commissioners meeting, a county resident said he didn't want the clubhouse to close.

"I think it would be a sad shortcoming if we let it go by and then we need it again in the future," Douglas Wellman told commissioners.

The possibility of selling the facility has sparked more public comment than any other issue the commissioners have dealt with in the past year, Commissioner Saed Tayyara said.

Since Nov. 12, 47 people have contacted Tayyara about the facility, he said. The vast majority of those people asked him to close it.

Shadow Mountain is a difficult issue because some residents ask the county to fund the clubhouse while also insisting commissioners cut the budget, Tayyara said.

Gray said the facility was worth saving.

"It is one of those things that brings the community together," he said. "Finding the money has been the big issue."

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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