The Norman Transcript

February 26, 2013

Cleveland County commissioners prepped for winter storms

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Cleveland County Commissioners were prepped and ready for road work in response to incoming winter storms.

Commissioner Darry Stacy, District 2, said his crews were prepped to grade roads and lay a sand-salt mixture.

“The last couple of days, we’ve staged our equipment at predetermined locations,” Stacy said.

That preparation and staging will allow road crews to attack problem areas and major thoroughfares quickly.

District 3 Commissioner Rusty Sullivan, whose district includes the western corridor of Cleveland County, said he has been preparing for winter road work since the summer, when he began stockpiling sand, but he’s hoping the worst of the storm will miss Cleveland County.

“Ground temperature is way up, so hopefully, if there is a short event, it will be a non-event,” he said.

Still, he warned that freezing overnight temperatures can create slick spots.

“One of the biggest problems is black ice,” Sullivan said.

During Monday’s meeting, commissioners warded a bid to sell District 2 equipment, namely a John Deere tractor and a boom mower. The bid was awarded to high-bid purchaser Eagle Iron & Metal for $10,300. Also bidding were P&K Equipment at $10,000 and Wanette Tractor & supply at $7,750.

“This money will be used to buy a newer model tractor with boom mower,” Stacy said.

Rather than sell his equipment at auction, Stacy chose to sell it by sealed bid. He took two trucks to the Elk City auction. He said this tractor is in much better condition.

“I think I ended up doing much better selling it by sealed bid,” he said.

Bids were awarded for county towing to Fast Lane at $45 per trip in Zones 1 and 2 and to L&A Wrecker at $25.22 per trip for Zones 3 and 4.

A proposal from AIP for a facility assessment was tabled for another week to allow commissioners time to study a competing proposal by McKinney and Partnership.

Undersheriff Rhett Burnett reported that the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center currently has 390 prisoners. Of those, 94 are Department of Corrections prisoners, with 78 of those having already received judgment and sentencing.

Charles Thompson was appointed to the Cleveland County Excise/Equalization Board.

Commissioners approved the following Blanket Purchase Orders:

· District No. 3 Warehouse: Bruckner’s Truck Sales $2, 500, P & K Equipment Inc. $2, 500

· Building maintenance: J.D. Thompson & Associates Inc. $3,000

· County justice center: Copelin’s Office Center $500

· Sheriff’s office: Norman Stamp & Seal Co. $300, 77 Auto & Collision Repair LLC $1,000, Hagar Restaurant Service Inc. $1,000, Aramark Correctional Services LLC $38,000

Commissioners also approved purchase orders for payment of personal services, travel, maintenance and operation, and capital outlay from: General Fund $ 721,424, Highway Fund $111,134, Health Fund $15,734, Sheriff Service Fee Fund $3,314, Sheriff Commissary Fund $4,849, Sheriff Revolving Fund $4,920, Sheriff Criminal Alien Assistance Grant Fund $1,732, Treasurer Certification Fee Fund $3,899, County Clerk Preservation Fund $13,980 and County Clerk Lien Fee Fund $678.

Joy Hampton

366-3539

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

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