The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Cops, courts and fires

July 8, 2014

Residents unhappy with overgrown course

City awaits judge's ruling on zoning appeal by farmer

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“I have residents, even former residents who drive by and say it makes them sick to see the course in disrepair,” Saatchoff said. “People want to see it come back.”

The saga began in late 2012 when course owner, Dr. Robert McCurdy, sold the property at a farm auction as potential farmland to Dale Rinker. Rinker planned on growing corn and soybeans on the 156-acre property but Alexandria’s Board of Zoning Appeals ruled the current zoning of the property didn’t allow for that.

The board then ruled again in July 2013 that crops could not be planted on the property. Rinker appealed to Madison County Circuit Court 1 where a decision is still pending.

Alexandria Mayor Jack Woods said the court held a hearing back in March. The city has not yet heard anything regarding a ruling on the zoning.

“We’re still waiting and we’re not sure when we might hear something,” Woods said.

The ruling could go a long way toward determining what happens with the former course. If the court sides with Alexandria’s BZA, it could open up the possibility of another group buying the property and turning it back into a course. If Judge Angela Warner Sims orders the land to be zoned as farm appropriate, the course could be gone for good.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

 

 

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