Council gives approve to disc golf project
by Dolores Hamilton
Monday night the city council approved the Iowa Park Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) project to construct a disc golf course below the dam at Lake Gordon.
The project was proposed to the CDC’s board of directors at their last meeting by the city’s Parks Director Robbie Matthews, and they voted to provide $23,000 for construction of the course. CDC oversees the expenditure of local 4B tax revenue.
At the council meeting, Matthews explained plans for the nine basket course and how disc golf is played.
Disc golf is played with a Frisbee-type plastic disc that is thrown for distances ranging from 200 feet to the length of several football fields. It utilizes less populated open spaces and costs far less than most other recreational sports.
“It is considered a lifetime sport for all ages,” Matthews said.
Matthews said he had talked with two teachers at the middle school who teach disc golf in their outdoor education class, but at the time don’t have the proper equipment. He said he would like to install three baskets at the middle school and also give them several discs to use.
Matthews said that as the game catches on and more people participate in the sport, they could add baskets in other parks such as Rotary and Pace Park.
In other related action, the council voted to raze the old ballfield located in the area below the dam which would free up space to make a larger disc golf course.
The field hasn’t been used for competition in several years, the restrooms and concession stand have been vandalized, and the bleachers are rotted.
Council members said Little League could have the light poles and the pipe and fencing if they want them. Council woman Lori Shierry asked if the restrooms and concession stand were in good enough shape to remain. Matthews told her the concrete structures could be cleaned up and painted and possibly remodeled later.
The city manager was authorized to execute an agreement on behalf of the city between Wichita County and the cities of Burkburnett and Wichita Falls and American Medical Response Ambulance Service for emergency ambulance services.
The new contract is for five years and includes an annual 3.8 percent increase in the subsidies paid by the county and cities to AMR as well as a 3.8 percent annual rate adjustment for the services billed to AMR’s customers.
The council voted to re-appoint Jeff Watts to the Wichita Appraisal District’s Board of Directors and allow him and WAD Director Steve Fairchild to swap jurisdictions they currently represent on the board.
An ordinance was passed that allows the United Parcel Service (UPS) to use golf carts to make local deliveries during the holiday season, from Nov. 15 until Dec. 31.
This method of parcel delivery was used last year in Wichita Falls and Burkburnett.
The golf carts may operate on public right-of-ways that have speed limits of not more than 35 miles per hour, and may cross intersections, including a road or street that has a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph.
The council approved a request by Fred Dwyer for water service to property he is leasing off Johnson Road. The water would be used for livestock watering only. A valve and meter is already located on the property and Dwyer will pay for the connection.
Other action taken by the council included:
• Approved the amended Wichita County Mitigation Action Plan ;
• Authorized the city manager to execute a third amendment to the lease agreement with New Cingular Wireless for additional antenna space on the water tower located within the W. Emerald St. right-of-way;
• Approved Iowa Park Volunteer Fire Department’s request for a waiver of the city’s solicitation ordinance that will allow them to conduct their Kidz Christmas fundraising event on Saturday, Nov. 24; and
• Approved request from the Iowa Park Scouting programs for a waiver of the city’s handbill and solicitation ordinance to allow the group to distribute flyers on Dec. 8 and 15 to collect non-perishable food items to be donated to the Iowa Park Food Bank.
Chief of Police Robert Johnson gave a report on recent expenditures of funds from the seized assets account.
The council acknowledged the receipt of S5! Manufacturing’s notice to extend its lease of the city-owned building at 500 W. Highway.