Council may suspend golf deal payments

Wolf Ridge Country Club manager Matt Brooks teaches children basic golf swing techniques at the country clubs first golf clinic on at Wolf Ridge.
Ken Milam
News Editor

A controversial youth golf program will be on the Poteau City Council agenda again when the board holds its monthly meeting at 7 tonight in City Hall.

The council will consider a motion to suspend monthly payments of $2,500 to Wolf Ridge Country Club until next May.

The program allows children and teens to purchase discounted daily or monthly passes to the club’s golf course. The club provides equipment if needed.

The plan was approved in June by a 5-3 council vote. Opponents on the council and in the community objected to using public funds to pay the country club, a private business. Proponents argued the program would benefit area youth.

A motion to scrap the program failed at last month’s meeting on a 4-4 vote, with Mayor Jeff Shockley breaking the tie in favor of the deal.

In addition to other routine business, the council also will consider an ordinance regarding tobacco use on city property, vote on hiring a grant writer for TSET and Safe Routes to School grants, award service to some employees and vote whether to declare certain properties as nuisances. There also will be an update on the the City Pool.