Legal Battle Continues Between Watertown Golf CoursesPosted: Updated:
The legal battle continues between Watertown's golf courses.
P.J. Simao, the owner of Ives Hill Country Club, wants the court to tear up a lease that lets Watertown Golf Club use city land in Thompson Park for 9 of the course's holes.
The current lease has been renewed a couple of times, but is identical to the one agreed to in 2000.
Simao's lawyer argues that the 2000 lease should be ruled void from the start because the mayor at the time, Joe Butler Sr., was on the board of directors for Watertown Golf Club.
While Butler abstained from voting on the lease, Simao's lawyer says he did not recuse himself from the process, which the lawyer says violates city ethics code.
A lawyer for the city says 20 years after the fact is too late. He argues that any issue with how the lease was handled in 2000 should have been brought up sooner.
Judge James McClusky reserved decision on the case.
Watertown Golf Club was recently purchased by developer Mike Lundy.
Simao also tried to buy the golf course.