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July 29, 2012

Payne County commissioners to focus on road study Tuesday

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commissioners will discuss the methodology for a road study that will be used to determine how sales tax money will be used to fix county roads at a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave.

The county commission will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in the administration building. At that meeting, the commissioners are expected to discuss a contract between the Payne County Health Department and Oklahoma State University Student Health Center.

Payne County officials have been working since May to determine how the county should divide road money generated by the 3/8-cent sales tax. Since its initial approval, the tax money had been evenly divided between District 1 and District 3.

In May, District 1 Commissioner Zach Cavett was outvoted  2-1 to allot 65 percent of the road funds to District 3.

Cavett said Friday the commissioners will be discussing what types of things engineers will need to study at Tuesday’s special meeting.

The commissioners, he said, have met with engineers who compiled a list of road issues that should be studied and the commissioners will compile their own list on Tuesday.

“Me and Jim (Arthur) will discuss what all will be involved. Before we do a road study, we’ve got to find an engineer and before we find an engineer, we need to define what we want them to study,” Cavett said.

After a list is compiled, Cavett said they will consult an engineering firm to see how much the study will cost. The study could be expensive.

“I don't believe there’s going to be an adequate study done for under $100,000,” Cavett said. “If it doesn't come in under that, I doubt that anyone will want to have it done.”

Cavett said he felt a road study would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.


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