DeKalb County agreed Tuesday to pay $55,000 to a company that threatened to sue the county over its handling of a contract to renovate bunkers at the county's Mystery Valley Golf Club.
In a unanimous vote (6-0-0) that came after an executive session, the Board of Commissioners approved the payment to Minnesota-based Duininck, Inc., which had been awarded a $190,000 contract in May 2020 to renovate existing golf course bunkers within the estimated 27,000 square-foot area of the golf club property.
In June 2020, after the contract award, the county reduced the size of the job citing budget constraints. Duininck then asked for a price increase per square foot to reflect the change. The county considered rescinding the contract award a few months later, but in October 2020, commissioners unanimously voted to add another $50,000 to Duininck's contract.
The Mystery Valley Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course located by Mystery Valley Lake, between Stone Mountain and Lithonia. A draft of the county's master plan for parks says the course's visitor center and golf-cart storage area need renovations. It also suggests the construction of four tennis courts or eight pickleball courts at the county facility.