The first thing golfers stopping by the Town of Tonawanda's Brighton Driving Range will notice is only half the stalls are in use. The rest are taped off.
Tonawanda Councilman Bill Conrad and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, discussed this and other changes at the Brompton Road outdoor range before it opened at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Prices remain the same, although the town will take in less revenue with limits imposed on hours of operation and stall use. Workers will disinfect tokens, ball buckets and golf balls after each use.
Youth, Parks and Recreation Department crews roped off and marked with tape where customers can line up to pay for their range balls. Bathrooms are closed and workers removed benches for spectators.
"As you can see, it's much different than we've done it in the past," Conrad said.
After the range update, questions turned to state and local budget woes. One reporter asked whether legalizing pot in New York could help.
"If you think that's going to solve our budget deficit, then you're smoking too much marijuana," Ryan quipped.