Members of the Raymond Village Board hired Jody Grove to become the new Raymond Police officer during their meeting on Monday, Aug. 19, at village hall.
She was hired at a rate of $17 per hour, with a probationary period of six months. After being voted in, Mayor Dennis Held presented Grove with her police badge.
Golf Superintendent Drew Eilerman stated that Chris Roach completed his three-week probationary period and that Eilerman was pleased with the work Roach has been doing. He would like to keep Roach on as an assistant, but asked if his hourly rate could be increased. When Mayor Held asked about the slow period during the winter months, Eilerman stated that there will be plenty of winter maintenance to keep them both busy.
Later in the meeting, the board voted to keep Roach on permanently with a maximum 80 hours per pay period.
Eilerman also suggested that the board keep the course open all year round as well, since many other courses stay open during the winter, and any additional income that can be generated will be helpful. Trustee Danny Hough asked if there were any disadvantages, to which Eilerman said they would be minimal.
Eilerman stated that the representatives from Toro had completed their evaluation of the irrigation system. The total cost associated with linking all four head valves together, with controllers, parts and labor came to between $36,000 and $40,000. Eilerman said that this work does not need to be done this year, and that he can put the heads in himself, possibly this fall, with the rest to be completed at a later date. He said he would like to replace the timbers at the entrance with some masonry for a better aesthetic appearance, which can also be done at a later date.
With losing his summer help when school starts, Eilerman may need additional help with mowing the rest of the year. Mowing was done down by the sign and bridge and will be managed to get it back in control. The team tournament is scheduled for this weekend and the signs are going up this week.
Krager said a few chairs in the Pro Shop need to be replaced. Eilerman asked about the status of the video gaming machines and Held stated it could take a couple of months to get through the application process.