Stillwater News Press

June 18, 2013

GOVERNMENT WATCH: Payne County Commissioners, Payne County Budget Board

By Merrick Eagleton
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County Budget Board postponed discussion and possible approval of the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget Monday until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Payne County Administration Building.

The Board tabled action Monday after a typographical error was discovered on the agenda. The agenda item listed the budget as the 2003-2014 Payne County Budget, instead of the 2013-2014 Payne County Budget.

The Board also discussed the Payne County employee committee’s recommendation for insurance broker. The panel recommended either Wedel and Associates of Stillwater or Premier Consulting of Tulsa. A survey of reference unavailable to the employee committee surfaced. The Board sent the issue back to the employee committee for further consideration. The employee committee might be able to report back at Thursday’s meeting.

Payne County commissioners decided Monday to send a 2006 surplus Payne County Sheriff’s Office cruiser to Glencoe to be used as a police vehicle.

The vehicle must be returned to Payne County once it is taken out of service in Glencoe.

The sheriff’s office didn’t need the vehicle any longer. Glencoe will use it to augment its police force, Commission Chairman Chris Reding said.

Commissioners awarded a wide variety of six month and annual road department supply contracts at Monday’s meeting.

The County Commission also opened bids on digital ballots for the Payne County Election Board. Mid-West Printing Co., Sapulpa, submitted a bid of 16 to 18 cents per ballot. Royal Printing Co., Inc., Oklahoma City, submitted a bid of 17 to 17.5 cents per ballot. Election Board Secretary Alyson Dawson will evaluate the bids before a contract is awarded.

They also approved:

• contracts with Western Mechanical, M Power, Hammond Fire Systems, L.L.C., Bunney Electric Co., Hickerson Mechanical, Inc. and Industrial Chemist to perform various services at the administration building, jail and courthouse.

• an agreement with Glencoe to provide routine street maintenance for the town. The county will provide the labor and town will supply the materials.

• two road projects — an asphalt overlay on Yost Lake Road between Brush Creek and Jardot roads and a chip and seal on Fairgrounds Road between East 68th Street and State Highway 33.

• an agreement with the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma to administer the county’s self-insurance fund.

• 10 agreements allowing energy companies to install temporary and permanent utility lines along or crossing roads in Payne County.