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February 26, 2013

Cleveland County commissioners prepped for winter storms

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.

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