County commissioners didn’t have much business to discuss Monday, but did have to wait until the 10 a.m. bid opening for a turnkey bridge project in Commissioner Darrell Sparks’ district.

So, in the interim, they discussed a variety of topics ranging from sales tax and bond issues to rural county hospitals. One of the interesting things Commissioner Dee Bowen mentioned is that rural areas should consider urgent medical centers as opposed to fully-staffed hospitals that have few patients.

None of the discussion was on the agenda but provided interesting conversation.

Especially when OSU Extension Agent Max Gallaway entered the room and talk centered around armadillos — or the lack of them for Bowen, who said he had put some product out to get rid of the ground grubs. He wasn’t sure if that kept the armadillos away, but he’s glad he hasn’t had any to deal with this year.

“I’ve gotta have a few so my dogs can watch them,” Gallaway said. That brought plenty of laughter from everyone in the room.

In actual business, two bids were submitted for District 1’s bridge project. One was from a Cache company for $81,900 and the other was from Railroad Yard in Stillwater for $63,700. The lowest bid was accepted. Start date for that project is Sept. 1 and it could last five weeks. It is for labor only and the county will supply the material.

Commissioner Todd Churchman and Bowen also talked about two upcoming bridge projects that will begin around Aug. 15, using federal stimulus funding. Both of those were contracted through the state of Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Those projects are Stagestand and Deer Creek, the commissioners said.

Approval was granted for a rate increase in the contract with the City of Marlow for jail services, specifically housing and maintaining those prisoners that are booked into the county jail by Marlow Police Department.

Stephens County Clerk Jo Johnson said the last contract dated to the 1970s and was for about $5 a day per prisoner. The new contract is for $30 a day.

“Everybody wants to stay for about $5 a day,” Churchman quipped.

Also approved was a sale of property in the Vinewood Park Addition of the City of Duncan. Commissioners approved selling it to Johnny Rowley.

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