Overland Park & Leawood

Leawood to improve Ironwoods

The Leawood City Council agreed Monday night to put $1 million from the city’s cash reserves into the 2014 budget to improve the Ironwoods golf course club house.

The clubhouse will be expanded with a wing added.

“The number one reason we’re doing this is golfers and golf events and we are underserved in that area,” general manager Jeff Thomasson said.

Thomasson said he wanted to host perhaps two events at a time, such as a wedding and a golf tournament, and that right now he doesn’t have the space for that.

The council agreed that the improvements would be a win for the city.

“This is a capital improvement project that will pay for itself,” Councilman James Azeltine said.

After Thomasson played a video showing raging water pouring out of all the golf course’s creeks onto the greens, the council also agreed to put $35,050 into this year’s budget to help pay for improvements and repairs at 38 of the 54 tee boxes.

Work will begin this fall. Golfers will still be able to play while the work continues.

Also, in the council’s work session before the regular council meeting, Councilman Lou Rasmussen said Mayor Peggy Dunn and the council needed a raise.

Mayor Dunn makes $9,600 a year. Rasmussen suggested the mayor’s pay be increased to $11,000. He also proposed to raise the council’s pay from $5,000 a year to approximately $6,000.

“As you serve, I see more and more what a thankless job you have,” Councilman Andrew Osman said.

Dunn’s last raise was in February 2006.

“I won’t take a raise unless you do too,” Dunn said.