City Council approves rebranding of Golf Course, SPS implores City for mask mandate

A plan to christen Sapulpa’s municipal golf course with a fresh name and logo has been in discussion for years, said City Manager Joan Riley at Monday night’s regular City Council meeting. Golf Course Director David McBride agreed, saying that he has felt the importance of upgrading the marketability of the course and the need to rebrand since he came to Sapulpa.

McBride presented a sample of a decorative rock to be placed at tee markers adorned with a simple, sophisticated, curved line representing the eponymous creek. With the passing of the recent GO Bond and a focus on developing and marketing the City’s Route 66 corridor, he says now is the perfect time to “bring the rebrand into play” and to have “something we can promote outside Sapulpa and across the state.” 

Numerous current and past discussions about possible names with City and golf course staff mentioned Rock Creek. It “flows right through the course and affects 11 holes,” explained McBride, and “fits with what we have thought about logo-wise.” 

City Attorney David Widdoes said that there is no requirement that the name stay the “Charles C. Hamilton Sapulpa Municipal Golf Course,” and that it is indeed “good timing” for a Route 66-inspred name. 

The Council unanimously approved the name change to the “Rock Creek Golf Course on Historic Route 66.” Mayor Craig Henderson deemed it “a very cool idea.” 

Henderson reported that he has been approached “numerous times” by Sapulpa Public Schools’ Board of Education and its President requesting the Council reconsider a city-wide mask mandate. He said that “there is a fear that [the school district is] getting closer and closer to [having to transition to] virtual (remote) learning.” Students are required to wear masks at school and “given that we’d prefer our kids to remain in school to be taught,” it would be beneficial to the school for the requirement to be extended to the entire city to lessen the chances of a spike in COVID-19 cases and therefore a virtual plan. 

“At this time I’m not inclined to put [the issue] back before the Council, but any 3 council members can request to have it put back on the agenda,” said Henderson. He explained that SPS is having a “virtual day” on Wednesday, October 21 to experiment with their capability to hold school completely remotely and that though they are still in “Orange Level 1” this week, an upswing in active cases of COVID-19 could dictate a move to “Orange Level 2” soon, which would greatly increase the chance that they would have to hold school in a virtual capacity. 

During the Council’s study session prior to the regular meeting, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Robert Pettit introduced principal engineer Srini Sundaramoorthy, PE, from S2 Engineering. Sundaramoorthy said that he has been involved in some aspect of Sapulpa water projects for more than 25 years and that 2 years ago the Council authorized him to look at disinfection options for the Water Treatment Plant. He gave a brief presentation of the lengthy and complex study of a chloramine system, complete with detailed findings and recommendations. Sundaramoorthy said that the current system is “safe and working well and in compliance” with regulations, however, due to some compliance issues a few years ago, the City elected to begin a study addressing alternate strategies for disinfection for the plant. “The goal is to start the process,” he said.

Sapulpa’s Water Treatment Plant totals over 91 miles of pipeline and produces an annual average of 2.57 million gallons of treated water with a high of 5 million in the hotter months. The cost to implement the new chloramine system would be $567K in estimated capital for construction and $82.5K of ongoing annual operating costs. 

After a few questions from the Council, Henderson decided the subject was too big and complex on which to make a decision without further study, and asked to bring it back to a future study session. 

The next regular City Council meeting will be Monday, November 2 in City Council Chambers at City Hall. 

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E. B. Thompson

E. B. Thompson

Born and raised in Sapulpa, Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and is a former banker. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown with her husband Michael and to be contributing to The Sapulpa Times.
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