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Chalet Hills Golf Course misses Cary ballot

CARY – A petition effort to have voters declare whether the park district should buy the Chalet Hills Golf Course did not gather enough signatures to make the April ballot.

Group leader Joanne Daubner, who is adamantly against the purchase of the course at 943 Rawson Bridge road, said volunteers gathered about 400 signatures and needed about 650 by earlier this week to get an advisory question on the ballot.

The group wanted to ask voters “Shall the Cary Park District acquire the Chalet Hills Golf Course?”

Daubner said organizers didn’t have enough time to get the necessary signatures, and that people were not refusing to sign. It was difficult finding people to sign because of the cold weather, she said. “A lot of people want to have a voice.”

Meanwhile, Dan Jones, executive director of the park district, said the board has not discussed buying the golf course for two months and that he doesn’t expect any such discussion in the foreseeable future.

Jones said the discussion was part of evaluating a potential purchase of the golf course, which was foreclosed on by BMO Harris Bank. “As a result of the evaluation, it’s not going anywhere,” he said.

Jones said he could not comment on whether the district made an offer for the property.

The Homeowners Association of Chalet Ridge supported Cary acquiring the golf course.

Park district officials have said the Foxford Hills Golf Club, which the park district bought in 2004, has operated as an independent, self-supporting business.

Since 2004, Foxford Hills has brought the village $1.8 million.

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