Stephens County Board of Commissioners declared the first week of May to be Oklahoma Home and Community Education Week during Monday’s regular meeting.

OHCE is a non-profit organization that works through Oklahoma State University Extension offices throughout the state to improve the quality of life for families through education. The program is broken up by county chapters.

Sheila Ely, president of the county organization, and Brenda Gandy, community Extension educator, attended the meeting for the declaration. They said they appreciate all the county and the commissioners have done for the county chapter.

Ely said she was thankful for the help the organization has received throughout her involvement in the program.

“We certainly appreciate the support you give the Extension,” she said.

Gandy said she also values all the commissioners have done for the organization.

“I want to thank you for all that you do,” she said. “We have great facilities at the fairgrounds.”

Dee Bowen, commissioner for District 3, said he was also appreciative of what OHCE has done for the county. Bowen made the motion to declare the week OHCE Week.

The item was approved.

The commissioners also opened bids for a water tanker for District 2.

Board members reviewed two bids received. Those bids included Crown Beds of Missouri, and Don Barkley Sales of Marlow.

Crown’s bid came in at $17,732 with a promise of delivering the truck no later than 60 days after the bid approval. Barkley’s bid was for $21,550 with truck delivery no later than 30 days.

One thing the commissioners had to think about was whether the tank was already mounted to the tank. In Barkley’s case, the tank is already mounted.

For Crown Beds, this became a topic of discussion because the bid didn’t specify whether the tank would be mounted. Through a phone call, the commissioners found out the tank wouldn’t be mounted.

The board chose to table the bidding process to further investigate.

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