Several bids were received by companies for work involving the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and during the Board of Stephens County Commissioners on Monday morning, the board opened up discussion for qualifying bids.

First, the board opened bids for the first package for a pre-engineered steel building erection price.

Qualifying bids came from Superior Services and Supply for $356,440.74 and Titan Construction, LLC for $345,000.

Commissioner Russell Morgan made the motion to approve the low bid with a second from Commissioner Todd Churchman.

The board approved the bid.

Next, the board opened discussion for the second package for the pre-engineered metal building supply.

Qualifying bids came from Titan Construction, LLC for $1,284,000; Alliance Steel for $800,775 and Chief Building for $952,064.

The board tabled the bids to be reviewed.

In further discussion of project updates, CMAR Ken Shaw, with Hope Construction, told the Stephens County Commissioners on Monday morning after they review the bids for the fairgrounds addition, he will get back with them at the next meeting on May 30.

According to Shaw, once they have the bids, they can begin to build the construction calendar.

Shaw said Joshua Schoenborn, Principal Architect with ARC Architecture, has been working the Stephens County Annex drawings and it will be next to advertise bids.

In another segment, the county opened up old business to discuss quotes for bond insurance for County Elected Officials.

Kaylee Kaiser, Stephens County Purchasing Agent, said they had only received one quote.

“With Redden Insurance, to do the elected officials up to $100,000 it would be $750 each, a year,” she said.

According to Kaiser, they were not able to receive a formal quote.

After discussing the different areas, as well as coverage they would like to see, the board tabled the item for more information and more quotes.

Next, the county board discussed an Interlocal Governmental Agreement with the Town of Velma under which the county will chip-n-seal about two and a half miles of town streets, help with base preparation, as needed, and haul chips from the quarry to the Town of Velma. The Town of Velma will provide washed chips and oil for chipping.

In others news, the board approved:

• Two engagement letters on behalf of the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office under which they would perform an audit of the financial statement of Stephens County for the years ending for June 30, 2021, as well as for June 30, 2022.

• To acknowledge receipt of the Operational Audit for Circuit Engineering District #6 for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 as performed by the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office.

• A cooperative agreement for District #1.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, The Stephens County Commissioners meeting will convene again at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, in their office of the Stephens County Courthouse, located at 101 S. 11th St. in Duncan.

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