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March 25, 2014

Commission OKs bid specs for fairgrounds expansion

DUNCAN — Stephens County commissioners on Monday approved bid specifications for an expansion to the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

Expansion of the fairgrounds is under consideration to keep some of the larger events that use the facility from going elsewhere, according to commissioners.

The specificaitons approved on Monday  will be used to seek bids for the project.

“We need to get the best bid we can,” said Dee Bowen, District 3 commissioner and board chairman.

 Expanding the fairgrounds has been under discussion for several months and included a meeting in January with the Fair Board.

At that time, Mike Anderson, Fair & Expo Center director, said several events have threatened to leave because the fairgrounds cannot handle their growing needs.

 Among them are the Rising Stars Calf Roping event and the National Swine Registry Fall Classic.

The county will be able to keep costs down by handling the expansion project’s dirt work and supplying concrete, according to commissioners.

In other action taken on Monday, the board:

n  Declined to reinstate a county-wide burn ban. The commissioners said the ground conditions  did not require action.  “They’re predicting rain on Wednesday, so maybe we’ll get some rain,” Bowen said. Stephens County has been without a burn ban since Feb. 3.

n Approved a contract with Marissa Crowson for website monitoring and maintenance activities.

n Approved an enhanced safety requirement that all pipelines crossing at county roads  be encased upon installation, effective April 1.

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