Stillwater News Press

July 17, 2013

Government Watch: County approves Expo Center funding

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County Expo Center sought improvements for the fairgrounds at Monday’s Payne County Commission meeting.

Expo Center officials proposed funding to repair the McVey Arena. Payne County Expo Center Manager Michael Benson said there would need to be 365 linear foot of sheet metal to replace the bottom of three sides of the building.

Benson said the Payne County Fair Board is requesting materials and labor for this project.

District 1 County Commissioner Zach Cavett said the project needs to use 26 gauge sheet iron. Cavett said it would last longer and is stronger than the proposed 28 gauge.

The county approved the funding and work for this project 3-0.

The Payne County Fair Board also proposed the idea of moving a rodeo arena and placing it north of the Expo Center.

County commissioners agreed the Stillwater area needed a rodeo arena and accepted to proposal to start accepting bids to move the arena. The board approved this 3-0.

Other items discussed or approved at the Payne County Commissioners meeting included:

 • Accepted a donation of $100 from Jim Campbell and Associates for road repairs on Yost and Sanger roads.

• Renewed an interlocal agreement with the Circuit Engineers of District 5.

• Appointed and designated District 3 County Commissioner Jim Arthur as the board member representing CED 5. Cavett was designated the first alternate and District 2 Commissioner Chris Reding was designated the second alternate.

• Renewed the contract with the Garfield County Regional Juvenile Detention Center. This contract costs the county $23.26 a child per day.

• Gave Reding the authority to sign the Otis Elevator agreement for the Payne County Health Department.

• Approved the National Associations of Counties annual county membership at $1,385. The NACO provides prescription cards to county employees.

• Approved the assessment of Central Oklahoma Economic Development District, which costs $4,798 a year.

• Removed equipment from inventory, which included a VCR and vacuum from District 2.

• Accepted bids for used two-way radios. One bid was from Onelink Wireless, Wireless Solutions out of Oklahoma City for $550. The other bid was from Integrated Circuits of Yukon for $388.50.

• Accepted bids for a chip and seal with fog seal on Fairgrounds Road. Discussed bids and chose to use Bailey’s Paving Co., Carney. Bailey’s Paving Co. was the lowest of three bidders.

• Accepted bids for an asphalt overlay of Yost Lake Road. Arthur suggested Bailey’s Paving Co. for this project and Bailey’s was also the lowest bidder.

• Suggested bids for grader blades. The county suggested the bids of Warren Cat of Oklahoma City and Dub Ross Co. of Oklahoma City.

• Suggested bids for petroleum products. Arthur suggested Lionel Harris Co., of Cushing and Burk Oil of Stillwater. Cavett suggested Hooten Oil Co. of Seminole and Lionel Harris. He also suggested the bids of the others on subject of availability.  

• Suggested bids for concrete products. Cavett suggested Dolese of Oklahoma City and Mid-Continent Concrete Co. of Tulsa. Arthur suggested Dolese and Mid-Continent Concrete Co. subject to availability.