The Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course has been local news for the past few months. A new Common Council with a supermajority vote and a Mayor used to getting her own way have stalled contracts for both the golf pro and the concessionaire at MUNI.
Laura Elmendorf is the concessionaire without a contract who has successfully run the restaurant and bar at the golf course. Still negotiating her contract, Laura is busy planning for this year’s events. Although the concession used to be open on weekends during the winter, this year it is closed because a contract was never negotiated or signed last year.
As a board member of the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation, this blogger had the opportunity to meet and talk with Laura while planning a fundraiser to be held at MUNI in June. Every year the Foundation is tasked with raising money, organizing and presenting Riverlink Concerts to the public free of charge. Laura is very pleasant, knowledgeable and personable. She seems much wiser than her years. My visit to MUNI was to get a better idea of the layout and space. The AWF fundraiser will be announced as soon as we have a firm commitment, that being easier said then done. Laura was ready with menu choices, reasonable prices and suggestions. The venue was larger than I imagined and the views were gorgeous, even in the winter!
I sincerely hope the responsible parties take care of these contracts soon before scheduling opportunities are lost.