District 2 Commissioner Chairman Kevin Smith reads a resolution presented by the Arrowhead Estates Golf Cart Committee at Monday’s regular meeting of the Pittsburg County commissioners. Pictured, From left, are Pittsburg County Clerk Janice Barker and Smith.

Golf carts and new patrol cars were on the agenda for the Pittsburg County commissioners Monday during the regular meeting in the conference room of the Pittsburg County Courthouse.

 A resolution to amend a resolution from the golf cart committee of the Arrowhead Estates to allow golf carts to be driven was tabled after some discussion.

The amendment allows only licensed drivers and the vehicles can only be driven before sundown, said District 2 Commissioner Chairman Kevin Smith.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns asked if off-road-type carts would be allowed and District 1 Commissioner Gene Rogers said that no four-wheeler or ATV vehicles would be allowed to be driven.

The commissioners then moved to request that District 18 District Attorney Farley Ward look at the amendments and then make a decision based on Ward’s answer.

On another agenda item, Kerns addressed the commissioners about new patrol cars.

“I want to buy new patrol cars but not with county money. I want to use money we have generated from the jail,” said Kerns.

He said he wanted to know if the commissioners would let him have the older vehicles that the new ones would be replacing. Smith said he would check with Ward to see if it could be done since the older vehicles were purchased with jail operations tax dollars.

In other business the commissioners approved resolutions to renew all lease agreements for fiscal year 2011-12 for the Pittsburg County clerk, all three districts and for the sheriffs department.

For more on the story, see Tuesday’s print edition of the McAlester News-Capital.

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