NEOSHO, Mo. — Newly formed competitive golf teams at Crowder College may soon have a regular practice location on the city course.
The Neosho City Council on Tuesday considered a college proposal to use the course for training and to hold tournaments where the team would compete against other college and university teams.
Council members expressed concerns about costs. The proposal submitted by Crowder calls for the removal of user fees for team members when practicing on the course, according to documentation provided by the city. Tournament hosting costs would be assessed at the discretion of the city.
Parks Superintendent Clint Dalbom said the city has similar agreements with area high school golf teams. Council members had differing views on whether these fees should be waived for students.
Near the end of the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Davidson said he learned that the Missouri Southern Foundation was paying fees to Twin Hills Country Club for members of the Missouri Southern State University golf team.
No vote was taken on the deal at Tuesday night’s meeting. A more formal agreement should be drafted and reviewed at a future meeting.
In other meeting business:
• Members of Council, with a vote of 5 to 0, approved an expenditure of $4,600 for the creation of new murals in Morse Park. Mayor William Doubek and council member Charles Collinsworth were absent due to illness.
Artist Sandra Pemberton will paint murals on gas station-style pavilions in the northern part of the park. Pemberton painted several murals across the county, including one at Stella.
The Newton County Tourism Council invested $750 of the total cost of $5,700, and Friends of the Park donated $350.
• A grant of $1,620 was approved for an upcoming disc golf tournament. The money will be paid from the city’s hotel and motel tax revenue. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
The Little Big Show disc golf tournament is scheduled for July at Morse Park.
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