Stillwater News Press

May 12, 2013

Government Watch: County to open bids for equipment

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commissioners will open bids for a tractor and bottom dump trailer during their 9 a.m. Monday meeting at the County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave.

The tractor/trailer will replace equipment in District 3 that was totaled in a traffic accident, commissioner Jim Arthur said.

The Payne County Budget Board will examine fiscal year 2013-2014 budget revenue and conduct budget hearings at 11 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave.

The Budget Board will conduct budget hearings for these offices, departments, funds or boards:

• Health Department, Lisa Cundiff

• Fair Board, Michael Benson

• Extension education: Nathan Anderson

• General operations: Chris Reding

• Emergency management: Chris Reding, Jeff Kuhn

• Fringe benefits: Glenna Craig

• Sheriff: R.B. Hauf

• District attorney: Tom Lee

• Election Board: Alyson Dawson

• Roads: Jim Arthur/Zach Cavett

• Treasurer: Bonita Stadler

• Assessor: James Cowan

• Court clerk: Lisa Lambert

• County clerk: Glenna Craig.

The Budget Board is also expected to discuss insurance brokers and recommendations and an amendment to reconcile salary differences between the sheriff’s office and other county departments.

Stillwater City Councilors will meet in executive session at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Building, 723 S. Lewis St., to discuss contract negotiations with the police and firefighter’s unions.

No action is expected on these contracts following Monday’s executive session.

City councilors also will discuss the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget, consider setting a June 17 public hearing on a request to close a portion of Henderson Street and canceling or rescheduling the May 27 meeting.

City councilors also will consider an ordinance authorizing the extension of a lease agreement and an operations and maintenance contract with the Stillwater Utility Authority until 2049. The agreement is scheduled to expire in 2029. It originally was signed in 1979. The ordinance also will provide for a citizen-initiated referendum of the agreement.

The Stillwater Utilities Authority will meet following the City Council meeting to consider the same lease and contract extension.

It will also consider a single-source purchase and installation agreement for metering and communication equipment at Boomer Lake substation. The cost of the equipment is $57,000.