City Council moves forward with Wolf Ridge agreement

Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

The Poteau City Council on Monday evening approved for an agreement to be made between Wolf Ridge Country Club and the city for passes to play at the course.

It will cost the city $3,000 per month, and passed with a five yes, three no, vote from the council. No votes were Monte Shockley II, Tommy Robertson and Jim Sommers.

Steve Scowden with Wolf Ridge spoke before the council. He called the golf course an "underutilized asset" for the city.

A cost for the passes has not been established, and an agreement has not been drawn up yet. The approval Monday allows the mayor and country club to construct an agreement.

The club would supply equipment. Children 14 and over could play without an adult present, while those under 14 will need an adult. Brown and the council discussed the ability to buy 12-month passes or day passes for unlimited golf.

Monte Shockley said he was unable to "grapple" with the idea, and wasn't sure how many children would utilize the golf course.

Mayor Jeff Shockley countered by saying children may be more likely to play golf with discount passes. Robertson said he was unsure about "putting tax dollars" toward a private business.

The full version of this story published in our June 7 print edition. Editions are available at our office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This edition also covered the complete City Council meeting roundup.