“A waste”

‘Disc’ golf would add to ‘big mess’ at park, says Mayor Rooker

After talking for two months about what to do with the disc golf equipment purchased several months ago, it appeared the matter was headed to a clear-cut vote by the Bowman City Council Monday night. 

That, however, was not the case.

Acting Mayor Clay Rooker told those gathered he had told a representative from Dewy Rose Baptist Church they could probably get the equipment for between $2,500-2,900. 

The city paid $3,200 for the equipment and it has never been installed or used.

Councilwoman Rachel Felice expressed hesitation at the suggestion and Dick Barber expressed a desire to have the city hold on to the equipment for future use if it was not going to be installed in the near future.

At that point Lane Eaton approached the council and asked them to reconsider selling the brand new equipment to a church.

Eaton had already volunteered to help design and install the course and told those gathered he would help maintain the course as well. He also expressed a desire to bring miniature golf back to the park as well as softball.

Eaton also gave a number of positive points as to why the city should move forward with installing disc golf.

Rooker expressed doubts that the course could be installed as suggested and said that the park was in too big of a mess and that disc golf was “a waste.”

Both Felice and Councilman Wade Bridges suggested the selling price was too low and told Rooker it should be at least $3,000.

It was then suggested council members meet with Eaton at the park and see his vision for the course.

From that point the conversation went to the current condition of the park and much-needed repairs. 

Some in attendance said it was impossible to keep those who damage the park out and that if caught, nothing was ever done.

“We’ve caught them before,” said city employee Jerri Elrod.  

The item was then tabled until council members could take a look at the proposed course first hand.

In other business, council members also approved the hiring of Theresa Ariola as full-time city clerk by a 3-0 vote.  Her pay will increase to $12 per hour as part of the motion.

The city is still searching for a part-time assistant city clerk.

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