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Town of Hamburg makes changes at golf course, is reviewing name

When golfers returned to the Town of Hamburg golf course this spring to sign up for the new season, they discovered some changes.

The eating area was enlarged, displacing the computers that leagues use to keep track of their programs, and Mary Nosky, the longtime operator of the concession stand, was gone.

Some say the course is to be renamed, and a sign with the new name already has been made.

Town officials said they are trying to be proactive.

"The purpose of everything is to try and increase the number of tee times and, ergo, increase the amount of revenue it's bringing in," Supervisor Steven Walters said.

But he said there is some misinformation in the community. He said it is untrue that the town is trying to sell the course, where nearly 32,000 rounds of golf were played last year.

But it is true the name is being examined. "We're reviewing a lot of different things with the golf course," Walters said. "One of the things we're reviewing is the name."

The town also canceled the last year in the contract with Nosky, who has run the refreshment stand for 16 of the last 17 years. Nosky, who is well-liked by golfers, was sent a notice that the contract has been canceled.

Walters said she failed to give the town notice in January that she would serve the final year of her contract.

"The contract has certain requirements in it, including a notice of intent to continue, and that notice of intent to continue was never provided for the first time since she's had the contract," he said.

But Nosky's supporters said she never was required to send a letter of intent. She did send a letter to the town informing it she had obtained a liquor license for the concession stand, one supporter said.

The contract is put out to bid every few years and awarded to the highest bidder.

Nosky had a three-year contract that was extended a year, through the 2011 season, due to the flooding that closed the course for a time in 2009. She paid the town $14,000 last year and was set to pay $16,000 this year.

But she may not have the chance. The town requested new proposals to operate concessions, and one came in. Walters said the board may consider the proposal at its meeting Monday evening.

He also said the town attorney has been meeting with Nosky's attorney on the issue.

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