New Castle News


October 24, 2013

Fees to increase at Sylvan Heights

NEW CASTLE — Some fees will increase at Sylvan Heights Golf Course next year under changes presented to New Castle City Council.

The increases are proposed by the city’s golf course committee to avoid a budget shortfall in 2014. The committee is made up of city officials and a golf course member.

A memo from city finance officer Josh Latore to council says that if the fees are not changed, the budget for the city-owned course will have a shortfall of approximately $25,000 next year.

Council is expected to introduce an amendment to an ordinance establishing the new fees tonight.

Included in the changes are an increase in membership rates by $50, except for students and super seniors.

Student memberships would remain at $200 while super seniors would see their rates increase from $100 to $200.

The super senior category includes people 80 and older with 15 consecutive years in good standing. The designation covers anyone who turned 80 through Jan. 1, 2013. Although the designation has been eliminated, the super senior rate will continue for those who already have  qualified.

Proposed rates for other categories are:

•Adult (city resident or city property owner) — $610

•Adult (non-resident) — $690

•Family (city resident or property owner) — $740

•Family (non-resident) — $820

•Senior citizen (city resident or property owner) — $510

•Senior citizen (non-resident) — $590.

Greens fees and cart fees would be increased by 50 cents, except for weekend/holiday rates.

Event fees would be increased to $22 per golfer, up from $20.

Under the proposal, memberships would be called seasonal passes. The memo states that no one will be considered a member, and that “individuals will be purchasing golf passes instead.”

At council’s work session Tuesday, Councilman William Panella questioned the reasoning for the change.

Councilman Ed Yerage, a member of the golf committee, said the term membership suggests ownership. Panella said he disagrees.

Business administrator Stephanie Dean, a committee member, suggested the change not be made if the entire ordinance is at risk of being voted down.

“It’s not going to be voted down,” Councilman Richard Beshero responded. “I just think it’s senseless.”

Yerage said the increases are being proposed “so that we can break even.” As long as the city can break even, the city can continue to operate the course, he said.

An option discussed previously is to outsource management of the golf course if it runs at a deficit.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Bobby_Ferrara.jpg Ferrara comes home after life in the ring

    Former New Castle resident Bob Ferrara has spent much of his 77 years inside a boxing ring. A Pittsburgh Golden Gloves champion in 1958, Ferrara — who was known then as Bobby Ferry — continued to find success long after leaving his hometown for the sunny skies of Tucson, Ariz.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • VerySpecial.jpg Jameson Hoyt Atrium display spotlights artwork of special needs kids and adults

    Artwork from dozens of area students will take center stage Thursday in the Hoyt Atrium of Jameson Hospital. The Very Special Arts exhibit will kick off with an opening reception at 5 p.m., and the works will remain on display in the glass-enclosed walkway through Oct. 4.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • DougDanko.jpg Census shows county population getting older

    Lawrence County’s population continues to get older. However, it is not alone, as Pennsylvania overall is aging.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • backpackproject.jpg Councilman picks up tab to help lunch program

    Participants of a local summer feeding program are eating this week courtesy of New Castle City Councilman Tim Fulkerson. On Friday morning, the truck dispatched from New Castle to pick up about 3,500 pounds of items from the Pittsburgh Food Bank broke down as it arrived at its destination.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • CRESTVIEW.jpg Outreach: Churches plan to host picnic for residents of Crestview Gardens

    Volunteers from several area churches are banding together in hopes of bringing peace to a troubled neighborhood.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Council OKs funds to remove dead trees

    New Castle City Council has approved spending funds from its contingency account to remove some trees at Darlington Park. Marshall Tree Experts of Ellwood City has given an estimate of $12,000 to remove the large elm trees from the Mahoningtown park.


    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 12.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Night light

    The balloons may have been on the ground but spirits were soaring.


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • StateFair.jpg 'State Fair' coming to Playhouse

    The fair is coming to town. No, not the Lawrence County Fair, although that is right around the corner. This is the Iowa State Fair, and it will be live on the stage of the New Castle Playhouse for three weeks, starting Friday night.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • accountant.jpg DeLorenzo’s status with authority unchanged

    Deno DeLorenzo’s status as a contract employee with the New Castle Sanitation Authority remains unchanged. Authority board members met with DeLorenzo last week regarding an investigation by the Lawrence County district attorney’s office involving Shenango Township funds.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shooting.jpg Detroit area man dies in Ellwood City gunfire

    A triple shooting in an Ellwood City street has claimed the life of a Detroit area man. Gunfire erupted in the middle of Loop Street outside the Walnut Ridge housing project around 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to state police.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority with the way he's handled Obamacare. Good call?

Yes. Obama's been overstepping his authority since day one in office. It's time he pay the piper.
No. The allegations are ridiculous and the law suit is a waste of time and tax payer money.
I don't know. I'm not a huge fan of Obama, but the suit seems a little extreme.
     View Results