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July not a great month for city's golf course or railroad

The financial report from the city's two enterprise funds were down compared to last year, but the August report should be better for the golf course and plans are being made for the railroad

   As expected, the July financial report from the City of Prineville Railroad was not full of good news. The monthly report from the other municipal enterprise, Meadow Lakes, was slightly better.
   Both reports were presented to the city council this week. COP-RR manager Jerry Price labeled his report by calling it a "sorry financial statement." City councilmember Dorless Reid was understanding: "Jerry, if you don't have anything to move, you can't move it."
   The council's railroad committee, made up of Price and members of the council, have been gathering information aimed at helping the elected body make decisions on the railroad's future. Mayor Steve Uffelman, a member of that committee, told other council members that a plan is being developed. "A plan of action," he explained, "that will cover the next three months and the next six months."
   That blueprint for the rail line's future should be ready for the body to discuss early in October.
   Wayne VanMatre informed the council of the "nominal loss" last month at the Meadow Lakes Restaurant. Labor costs were a little higher than anticipated.
    "We are training new employees to fill in for those returning to school," he explained.
   The golf course was also down when compared with July, 2000, but that is expected to rebound this month. "Already this month (August) we are ahead of where we were last month. Which is good," VanMatre said, "from what I'm hearing from around the area. We are billing as good as most and maybe a little better than our competition."
   Looking ahead, VanMatre told the council that he expects October will a very good month. "In October should be very good for both the restaurant and golf. We have a couple big events coming up. Plus we are already booking for Christmas."
   The two events are Golf Digest)s Pacific Amateur Golf Tournament early in the the month and the Kiwanis Pro-Am tourney, Oct. 13-14.
   The 2002 Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, scheduled for Oct. 1, 2 and 3, will be a first time event for Meadow Lakes. Golf Pro Marshall Huston explained that between 700 and 800 golfers will take part in the tournament which involves nine golf courses, mostly in the Bend area. Meadow Lakes will get a flight made up of about 90 golfers for the three-day event. Huston said he believes this is the largest amateur tournament in the nation.
   After golfers began complaining about one of the courses in the Bend area usually played in the tournament, organizers looked for a replacement. They chose Meadow Lakes. This could, Houston said, be the first of an annual event for the local golf course.