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March 23, 2013

County commissioner aims to bridge communities across the county

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District 2 has 400 total road miles, 186 of which are in areas not incorporated by cities or towns. There are 13 miles of gravel roads in the county, he said.

Plans for 2013 include several road and bridge projects in partnership with Moore, Norman, the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and the state.

“Our plan, which is growing, is to do 26 miles of chip and seal and eight and a half miles of paved road,” he said.

The county also will work with the state on the widening of Highway 9 at the 180th Street intersection.

“It’s yet to be determined how much we’ll do,” he said.

Stacy said he has hit the ground running. County government is fast paced.

“I love that because I love to stay busy,” he said.

Stacy likes a challenge and he is excited about working with his fellow county commissioners Rod Cleveland and Rusty Sullivan.

“What’ I’d really like to do is create a vision for where Cleveland County is going to go in the next 20 years,” he said.

For road work, Stacy will rely heavily on his road foreman, Paul Meyer who manages the county warehouse and crew.

“That’s big business building roads, maintaining roads and it takes experience to do that,” Stacy said.

In addition to building, repairing and maintaining roads and bridges, county crews help residents with tin horns, mow right-of-ways, replace signs and more.

D2 employees 16 people at the warehouse and adds seasonal help for mowing.

Safety training is important to keep employees working with large equipment safe.

“We have to stay on top of that,” he said.

Most mechanical repairs are done in-house at the warehouse, but maintenance is the key element to keeping large machinery operational, he said.

“We do continual maintenance so we can keep them on the road,” Stacy said. “The work we do is hard on the equipment.”

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