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Niagara Falls Council puts Hyde Park Golf Course deal on hold

The Niagara Falls City Council on Wednesday unanimously tabled a proposal to turn over management of the Hyde Park Golf Course to a private group.

Niagara Golf Partners responded to a city request for proposals to privatize the course, which costs the city more than $300,000 a year.

"You've got a group that says it will form a corporation if they get the contract," Councilman Kenneth M. Tompkins asked Thursday. "How do you vet a nonexistent group?"

"We can't continue to waste money at the golf course. The alternative is to close it, and we don't want to do that," said City Administrator Nicholas A. Melson, who said the city has successfully used similar groups to operate Sal Maglie Stadium and events at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion.

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