The Norman Transcript

September 17, 2013

Surplus bridge nets $5,000

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

MOORE — A surplus-covered bridge removed from Veterans Memorial Park will be sold for $5,000. The Moore City Council approved the sale to Jerry Gray on Monday night.

The bridge will be replaced as renovations continue on the storm-damaged Veterans Memorial Park.

The city is still anxiously awaiting news from Coca-Cola on whether the city’s win of the “Take it to the Park” contest has been verified. The grand prize would net $100,000 for park improvements. At the time the contest closed, unofficial numbers indicated Moore could walk away with the top prize.

Moore also is looking into possibly buying Broadmore Golf Course, a privately owned, public golf course.

City council members approved $20,000 for Billy Casper Golf LLC to make a formal evaluation on whether the city should buy the course.

City Manager Stephen Eddy said the consultant recommended against Midwest City acquiring a golf course two years ago. The group looks at availability, rates, the market, investment needed for improvements and more.

Moore has two private golf courses, BelMar Golf Club and Moore Golf and Athletic Club. The owner of Broadmore is ready to sell but wants it to remain a public course.

In contrast to traditional golf, disc golf representatives spoke at length during the public comments section of the city council meeting.

Plans for the renovation of tornado-damaged Little River Park do not include the disc golf course. The course had been troublesome for some walkers in the park who, not realizing there was a disc golf course there, would wonder into the green and get hit.

That problem had been solved, said disc gold advocates who spoke Monday night.

James Geurin, MD, a retired physician from Tulsa and the president of the Oklahoma Disc Golf Foundation, spoke in favor of the disc golf community, which has raised an excess of funds for the restoration of the Little River course and donated the excess to Moore Public Schools. Disc golfers are all ages and from all walks of life, he said.

Sooner Disc Golf representative Kate Schwartz said the economic impact of disc golf tournaments is big, and Moore can be the beneficiary.

“There are so many disc golfers in Moore, and they are in the recovery process, too,” Schwartz said. “All we’re asking is for the ability to put it back in.”

Mayor Glenn Lewis said the park needs vacant land to be kept as gray fox territory because the gray fox could be an endangered species. Lewis said he has a letter from a judge with an injunction from about 1999, and the city is trying to find out if the gray fox is still in danger.

Preliminary research by The Transcript revealed no listing of the gray fox as endangered in Oklahoma.

City council members also approved an ordinance clarifying that only city-owned and operated storm warning sirens would be exempt from the city noise ordinance. The ordinance is designed to prevent private storm sirens.

In other city business, council members reappointed Ralph Sherrad, Gary Lunow and Louis Williams to the Moore Planning Commission.

The city council also appointed Danielle McKenzie to fill the unexpired term of Sandy Elledge on the planning commission. Five applicants introduced themselves to the council members.

“We’ve never had this many people apply before,” Lewis said.

There was also an opening on the Board of Adjustment, and Dana Moffatt was appointed.

Organizers of the Annual Moore War Run presented city council members with a commemorative T-shirt. The annual race has raised a almost $50,000 during its five years of existence. This year, the race was renamed as the Moore Strong Run to show unity because the race supported all three Moore high schools.

Joy Hampton