Control of En-Joie to Return to Village of Endicott?

By James Wilcox

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 19, 2006 at 8:49 PM EDT

When Endicott ran En-Joie, the village hired one person to oversee staff and day to day operations.

Broome County will do the same.

But, it's added another layer of oversight.

An Advisory Board, made up of 11 volunteers including lawyers, legislators, and golfers counsels the executive on En-Joie matters.

Democrat County Executve Barbara Fiala put the board together in November.

But Republican Art Shafer doesn't think that board should only counsel the executive on En-Joie matters.

"Due to the fact that it was an advisory board and it was for a year it was not temporary. I requested from the country attorney to prepare a resolution for the legislature to approve that advisory board," said Shafer.

If the resolution passes, the advisory board will also work with the legislature and county departments like Public Works.

"I think it's a great asset that both the administration and the legislature are endorsing it, so I'm really thrilled with this action," said Henry Weissmann of B.C. Public Works.

It was the advisory board that recommended Andrew Cain for the position of Superintendent of Golf.

Cain currently manages the grounds at Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira.

If approved, he'll have a one year contract.

"I almost think he could walk on water. He's been at Mark Twain for three years and I haven't heard anybody say anything negative about the gentleman. He's a real workaholic and he's just what we need for that course," said Shafer.

If approved, both Cain and the board will start working to get En-Joie ready to open in the spring, and host the last B.C. Open tournament in July.

Again, Shaffer plans to propose returning En-Joie to Endicott's control.

In a statement, Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala says the idea is, "ridiculously premature."

In part, she argues this is the case because Broome County Community Charities hasn't decided whether to host a Champions Tour event.

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