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July 31, 2013

GOVERNMENT WATCH: Payne County commissioners OK road projects

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commissioners will repair five miles of county roads in District 3 during a Tuesday meeting at the County Administration Building.

The county will spend $197,000 to put a new layer of asphalt on Yost Road from Brush Creek to Jardot roads. The project is almost a mile in length.

It will spend $122,000 to chip and seal Fairgrounds Road from 68th Street to State Highway 33.

Bailey’s Paving Co., of Carney, received the contracts for both projects.

Commissioners also:

• Renewed a service contract with Chickasaw Telecommunications, which provides the phone system for the administration building. It costs the county approximately $980 a month.

• A contract with Delta Dental was tabled because it doesn’t need a contract but authorization to talk to the county’s new insurance broker.

• Approved a contract between the Payne County Health Department and Ben Welch Landscape Care.

• Approved funding from Circuit Engineering District No. 5 for project funds. Each road district in the Circuit Engineering District gets $20,000 and because District 2 of Payne County is not a road district, District 1 and 3 receive $30,000 for road projects. County Commissioner of District 3, Jim Arthur, said he plans to use the money to help a bridge project.

• Approved a confidentiality agreement with Premier Consulting Partners, the county’s insurance broker. The county’s legal counsel attorney Lowell Barto modified the contract and made sure the county and contract abides with the Open Records Act.

• Allowed the Emergency Management Department to remove a Dell laptop computer and a global positioning system from inventory.

• Approved the transfer of $50,000 from the Payne County Sheriff’s service fee account to its service salary account.

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