The Stephens County Commissioners awarded a bid to settle an item from last week’s meeting regarding air conditioner units being installed at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center during their regular meeting Monday, June 24, in the courthouse.

This decision follows some confusion and complications from last week when one of the bidders left a pre-bid meeting early. The bidder was not aware of one of the requirements set by the commissioners at that meeting, and their bid was missing a detail the commissioners were looking for.

The group decided to table the item last week after calling the bidder on the phone to ask about the missing detail and a more-than-half-hour discussion.

“When we have that pre-bid meeting, I think it’s very important for everybody to be there, that way we are on the same page on what we want and what we expect,” said District 3 Commissioner Russell Morgan.

The commissioners finally awarded the bid to Robinson Air, out of Lawton, Oklahoma after a motion from District 2 Commissioner Todd Churchman.

Other old business discussed included awarding bids for the hauling of rock to the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center and for hot mix-hot laid asphalt. Both items were discussed last week, but a bid had been placed that was not brought to the table despite it having been placed on time. The commissioners opened the item again to give all bidders a fair chance.

After concluding discussions of old business, the commissioners moved on to newer items and topics, including pay claims from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, accepting a donation to the K-9 program and the approval of three rental contracts between the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center and community members.

Next week’s Regular Board of Stephens County Commissioners Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, at the Stephens County Courthouse.

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