St. Mark’s Golf Course Committee appointed; Land deal passed by House

Above: Selectmen appointed volunteers to ensure continuing operation of the soon to be Town-owned golf course. (image posted to Facebook by Neil A. Theriault)

Earlier this summer, the Town was having trouble recruiting volunteers for a committee to oversee the St. Mark’s Golf Course. Some commenters were skeptical that anyone would come forward. But concerned residents heard the Town’s call, and twelve applied for the seven seats.

Selectmen interviewed several applicants and made appointments this week. The board appointed Kevin Battles, John Boland, Andre Fortin, Joyce Macknauskas, Sheila Monterastelli, Louis Palecki, and John Wilson.

One of the twelve volunteers was compelled to pull out prior to the appointments. Dick Cruciani is an employee of the golf course management company at St. Mark’s. While he would bring important knowledge, officials were concerned about conflicts.

The resident, who was an active member of the “Save Our Golf Course” group, said he stepped up because volunteers were needed. To avoid putting selectmen in an awkward position, he offered to withdraw. But he promised to attend meetings and provide his expertise. Selectmen expressed relief. Selectman Brian Shea said he valued Cruciani’s input but was worried about how often he would need to recuse himself due to conflicts.

Former Selectman John Rooney will be the ex-officio member representing the Public Safety Building Committee. Rooney was one of the selectmen who worked closely with St. Mark’s School on the deal to secure the land. The land will be the site of a future combined Police and Fire station. The committees are charged to work together to make ensure both their goals can be achieved.

Southborough Wicked Local covered other details from the discussion and vote. The story included an update from Town Administrator Mark Purple on the status of the golf course land deal at the State House:

“Currently, the House has passed the bill, and the Senate is up next,” he wrote in an email to the Daily News. “Once the governor signs the bill, it becomes effective 30 days after the signing. Hoping for a closing in late September, early October.”

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