Commissioners 2021

The Stephens County Commissioners met Monday, April 5 for their regularly scheduled weekly meeting during which they discussed an ODOT pay claim, a bid for the fairgrounds, as well as several cooperative agreements for the county.

The county board approved an Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) pay claim for project manager acquisition for a price of $2,100 as well as an acquisition for secured/condemned 50% for the amount of $4,200 for District #1.

According to Chairman Kreg Murphree, this is on the Black Bear Creek.

Next, at 9:45 a.m. the county board opened bids for work projects at the Stephens County Fairgrounds.

The board didn’t receive any bids for the project, so the next steps for the project will be to gather quotes.

The board took no action on the bid.

Furthermore, the commissioners approved four cooperative agreements for work within the county in District #3, including:

• One for the improvement to diminish erosion and siltation of right of way between Brent Morgan and Stephens County. The County will remove trees and grade ditch and back slope.

• One for the improvement to diminish erosion and siltation of right of way between David Griffin and Stephens County. The County will clear trees and bar ditches.

• One for the improvement to diminish erosion and siltation of right of way between James Lang and Stephens County. The County will stack chips for chip and seal.

• And one for the improvement to diminish erosion and siltation of right of way between David Sorrell and Stephens County. The County will clear trees and blade ditch and back slope.

Next, Commissioner Russell Morgan discussed updates with the Stephens County Fair and Expo center.

Morgan said this week would be the HOYRA Rodeo event on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Josh Ward with East Cache Creek concert on Saturday.

In new business, the board discussed beginning to work on the property on Elm Street.

Steve Kaeser, maintenance director, said the power is on and they started working Monday.

Morgan said they were finishing up with the Velma tanks as well.

“I got the update Thursday on the tanks we pulled out at Velma,” Morgan said. “We got the report back on the dirt and there will be no further action required — every thing’s good.”

In other business, the board approved:

• To adopt a declaration of surplus resolution for equipment on behalf of the Stephens County Fairgrounds and a list of items is available in the County Clerk’s Office.

• Two fairground rental agreements for the HOYRA rodeo event (Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association) set for Nov. 13-14, 2021 and Aug. 28-29, 2021.

The Stephens County Commissioners meeting will convene again at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 12 in their office of the Stephens County Courthouse, located at 101 S. 11th Street.

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