Poteau, Oklahoma - At the Monday (August 7, 2017) night Poteau city council meeting, the city council voted to not cancel the agreement they made with the Wolf Ridge Golf Course.
The agreement with Wolf Ridge and the city of Poteau, which went into effect on June 15, gives kids from the ages of 5 to 18 years old the opportunity to purchase day passes at discounted prices and the city agrees to pay Wolf Ridge Country Club $3,000 per month.
This agreement sparked a lot of controversy among Poteau tax payers, getting a lot of news coverage and social media posts opposing the agreement.
Council member, Monte Shockley II, addressed the board, saying he was against the agreement from the beginning and “because of the news and social media coverage, people now know about the agreement and what they (Wolf Ridge) have to offer,” said Councilman Shockley.
Councilman Jim Sommers stated that with school starting there are a lot of opportunities with other sports, band and cheerleading.
The agreement has been in effect for 45 days with 62 kids taking advantage of the opportunity to play golf and 8 kids have bought season passes.
When the vote was taken to give Wolf Ridge 30 days’ notice of cancellation of the contract, the council split – with 4 voting “No” – to not give notice and 4 voting “Yes” to give notice of cancellation.
The agenda item read as follows: “Consideration/Action to give Wolf Ridge 30 days notice of cancellation of contract.”
Councilmen who voted to Not Cancel the contract that is in place by voting “No” were:
Clay Bennett, Winford Webb, Jim Holstead and David White.
Councilmen who voted “Yes” to give notice to Wolf Ridge and end the contract were:
Monte Shockley II, Tommy Robertson, Phil Zearley and Jim Sommers.
Mayor Jeff Shockley was the tie breaker - voting “No.”
The agreement will stay in place.