City OKs election dates, recycling plans

The Poteau City Council moved a step closer Monday to establishing a regional recycling recycling center here.They also approved a resolution calling for city elections in April.Members agreed to present three options on a building in the industrial park to the Choctaw Nation, which announced plans last month to open a hub for several collection sites already operating in the county. The options include lease, lease-purchase or purchase of the building.Candidate filing period for the April 2 election will be Feb. 4-6.Offices up for grabs include seats 1 in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4. The incumbent council members are Tommy Robertson, Jim Holstead, B.J. Johnson and Winfred "Wimp" Webb.Other open offices include police chief, city clerk and treasurer. Treasurer Phil McGehee has been holding down the clerk's duties since Cindy Pollard left the post. Stephen Fruen was appointed chief of police last year when longtime chief B.J. Smith died.All the terms will be for four years except the police chief, which will be for two years to fill Smith's unexpired term.