Stillwater News Press

November 14, 2012

Payne County commissioners open asphalt bids

Government Watch: Payne County Commission, Payne County Budget Board, Stillwater Public Library Trust Board, Stillwater Housing Authority

By John Filonow
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commissioners opened asphalt overlay bids for Ninth Street from State Highway 18 to Kings Highway in Cushing.

Four companies submitted bids.

Atlas Paving Co. submitted a price of $60.85 per ton for asphalt, Kerns submitted a bid of $62.45 a ton, Kerns Construction submitted $71.24 per ton and Bailey’s submitted a price of $62.84 per gallon of asphalt.

There were various prices for pavement reinforcing fabric and binder which helps to stabilize asphalt. Commissioners will evaluate the bids and award a contract at another commission meeting.

Commissioners unanimously approved two utility road crossing permits from Select Energy of Houston, one near West 32nd and Fairgrounds and one near West 44th and Fairgrounds.

A bid opening for a Community Development Block Grant water project for Lincoln County Rural Water District #4 was tabled because the Federal Aviation Administration said the proposed tower was too tall. The district wanted to build the tower a mile and a half from Cushing Municipal Airport, said Tawanna Chapman, district manager.

The district has a tower about 1,600 feet from the proposed site, she said.

A road name request for a section of county road between Sangre and Western off of West 56th Avenue was approved unanimously. The road’s name will be “Pearl Snap Trail.”

The commissioners unanimously approved a transfer of funds from general funds solid waste to the solid waste cash account of $15,806.

Two transfers from general fund flood plain to the flood plain cash account, one for $2,500 and one for $500 were unanimously approved.

A transfer of funds from general fund jail account to jail account cash fund of $300,000 was also unanimously approved.

Commissioners also unanimously approved two blanket purchase orders, one for $38,691.75 for fiscal year 2011-12 and one for $337,622.08 for fiscal year 2012-13.

Commissioners also approved monthly reports as presented by County Clerk Linda Hatfield.

Payne County Jail had an ending balance of $113,000.25 for October.

The Court Clerk collected fines and fees for October which amounted to $23,049.13 for the jail, $4,100.97 for courthouse security, $22,216.52 for sheriff’s services and $3,664.50 for jail bond fund fee, Hatfield said.

Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of an elevating scraper from Warren Cat, for $129,990.

Payne County Budget Board approved cash appropriations and transfers of appropriations made at the commission meeting and also approved a maintenance and operations transfer of $30,000 from District 3 to District 1. District 1 County Commissioner Zach Cavett said this money is being paid from District 3 County Commissioner Jim Arthur’s district to Cavett’s district to repay funds used by District 3 when the county road fund was split 65 percent to 35 percent in District 3’s favor.

Stillwater Housing Authority will hold a board meeting at noon Wednesday at Roxie Weber Plaza.

Executive Director Glen Redding said the board will acknowledge a conflict of interest for Realtor Connie Stokes, who serves on the board. Redding said the agreement states that Stokes can’t profit from being on the board.

Redding said he will give the board a report on the housing authority involvement in a suit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development for funds for its operating reserve.

The suit, which is not yet filed, will involve approximately 400 other housing authorities across the United States, Redding said. The Stillwater Housing Authority and other authorities across the nation had to use their own funds and didn’t receive funds to offset their operating reserve.

The Stillwater Public Library Trust Board will hold a meeting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 313 of the Stillwater Public Library.

Lynda Reynolds, library director, said the trust will accept donations made by members of the community. Reynolds also will update the board on expenditures for projects and review an open meetings training.

The board will also hear Reynold’s recommendation to not apply for 501-3, or nonprofit status.

The board will also look at hiring an investment firm to conduct the library board’s investments, Reynolds said.