The Duncan Banner

January 9, 2013

Churchman to continue service for Stephens County

Megan Bristow
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Todd Churchman’s stint as District 2 County Commissioner may have ended but his service from the county is not quite over. During the board meeting of the Stephens County Commissioners Monday, Churchman was appointed as a member to the Stephens County Excise-Equalization Board to replace Milton Lewis, who resigned Dec. 31.

“I am tickled to death to be on that board,” Churchman said.

The Excise-Equalization Board is in charge of giving the final approval on the county budget.

“They are called the ‘Watchdog of the County,’” Churchman said. “They are there to make sure the funds are distributed properly.”

While Churchman’s appointment to the board was not completely expected, he said he knew that a vacancy would be coming open.

“I guess they thought with my experience as a county commissioner and working with the budget I would be a good fit,” he said. “I welcome that. It is a way for me to serve the county and I welcome that.”

Also in Monday’s meeting, the county approved an agreement between Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation and Stephens County. The agreement calls for participation by the county in widening a portion of Second Street to allow for the installation of a turn lane.

The agreement states, “Such proposed widening and turn lane is to run from just north of the Martin Luther King and Second Street intersection south to an entrance into Halliburton’s manufacturing facility.”

The county will be responsible for removing the portions of Second Street and dirt underneath Second Street as is necessary for the project. The county will also be responsible for refilling with new dirt to prepare for the road.

No bids were received for the request for a padfoot shell for a compactor. Telephone quotes will be sought instead.

In other business, the board:

n Approved Capital Outlay Purchases for December 2012 and Notice of Employee Appointment/Terminations.

n Acknowledged appointment of requesting officers and receiving officers for District 2.

n Approved programming for five bridge projects in Districts 2 and 3.

n Approved a resolution for disposing of a copier for District 1.