The new manager of the city-owned Rye Golf Club received applause from members tonight as he described his work during his first 10 days on the job.
In that time he has recruited new staffing agencies, responded to queries about the club’s catering facility and taken full inventory of a very large stock of alcohol.
Jim Lopolito was hired as interim manager to replace Scott Yandrasevich, who was placed on leave in October and resigned Friday. Yandrasevich is under investigation by the city council after questions arose over a conflict of interest with the staffing agency he hired to provide most of the club’s work force.
Lopolito spoke during his first meeting with the Rye Golf Club commission at Whitby Castle. He said the inventory of alcohol was valued at $63,500, including $12,000 worth of just two wines, and that the supply will be reduced and liquidated. “It’s money that should be in the bank,” he said.
The club has an agreement with a new staffing agency to provide servers for the castle’s restaurant and catering operation and is close to signing on another. Those services were not subject to competitive bidding – something that auditors and members have recommended. That’s because the need for food, beverage and wait-staff services is unpredictable, he said, making it impossible to come up with a standard “purchase order” that can be bid out under municipal procedures. But Lopolito promised transparency, from the details of the budget to the ID tags to be worn by the staff.
“Every dollar is going to be accounted for while I’m here,” Lopolito said.
Len Bisceglia, a member of the club since the city purchased it in 1965, was pleased. “Even though it’s a cold night, you make me feel warm,” he said. “This is all new and refreshing.”