The Duncan Banner

March 18, 2014

Commissioners table ODOT request

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Confusion among the Stephens County commissioner caused them to table an item during Monday’s regular meeting.

The commissioners reviewed an agenda item relaying the notice of condemnation proceedings between the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the board of commissioners. Dee Bowen, District 3 commissioner and board chairman, and County Clerk Cindy Kaiser admitted they didn’t understand the information provided for the agenda item, although Kaiser said it has something to do with the Duncan Bypass and the rights-of-way for the bypass for land Stephens County has an interest in.

Because he lack of understanding of the item, Kaiser sent the item to District Attorney Jason Hicks to review. Even after getting a response from Hicks, Kaiser said she still didn’t fully comprehend the agenda item.

“I sent it up to the DA, who sent it back down,” Kaiser said. “If there’s no objection, then they do nothing. If you object, they’ve got to file an objection.”

Bowen said, in his tenure on the commissioners board, this was his first experience discussing the rights-of-way with the Department of Transportation. Because of that lack of opportunity to work on rights-of-way with ODOT, Bowen said he was at a loss when it came to determining what action, if any, needed to be done.

He said he didn’t fully understand what was being asked of the commissioners. As a result, the commissioners chose to table the item until the next meeting to give them a week to research the item. Bowen said a week of research will give him an opportunity to make certain he understands what’s going on with the item.

In other action:

n The commissioners approved a resolution appointing Bowen to serve as a representative and member of the board of trustees for the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments.

“I’m on there,” Bowen said. “I don’t mind staying on there.”

Bowen will continue his time on the ASCOG Board of Trustees through May 2015.

n Although not on Monday’s commissioners’ agenda, the board will discuss the specs for the renovation project at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center at the next regular meeting.

Mike Anderson, fairgrounds director, said the bids specs to build a new building and move an existing building have not yet arrived. Anderson said those bid specs should be received sometime this week.