Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
On the last meeting of the year, Woodward County Commissioners approved the purchase of five new pickups, planned a hearing for final approval on a new housing addition and tended to some routine tasks.
The pickups - 2013 or newer models - were approved for purchase during the last portion of the weekly meeting, regularly held over for bid openings.
Two dealerships McKay Ford and Irwin Auto, sent in bids covering two separate sets of requirements for full size crew cab pickups - one for the Sheriff's Department and the others for County Districts 2 and 3.
McKay Ford's bids were lowest for both specification groups - the half-ton, for the Sheriff's Department and the three-quarter ton for County District Highway Departments 2 and 3.
One half-ton truck was approved for purchase for the Sheriff's Department at $27,779.00 from McKay Ford. The department will pay cash for the vehicle.
Four three-quarter tons were approved for purchase - one for District 2 and three for District 3 - each for $29,156.00 from McKay Ford.
A request from developer Mark Messenger to begin the process of final plat approval for an agriculture housing addition south of EW 44 just off of Eighth Street, called Riata Ranch Addition, was approved.
A public hearing was set for final approval on the platt of the addition for Jan. 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. during the commission's regular meeting.
The Riata Ranch Addition will allow building of stick homes as well as the construction of modular homes and doublewide Solitaire type homes, Messenger said.
The addition is zoned A-1. All building and construction must be approved by the Riata Ranch board before work begins, Messenger said.
"There are going to be a lot of covenants and the area will allow pretty much only horses," he said. "If someone is wanting a life like they see at a lot of the other doublewide developments, they probably won't like it here."
That's because Messenger's plans for the addition involve strict guidelines for construction and how a property is kept.
Those guidelines include yard maintenance -to include a minimum grass height requirement, the parking of boats inside an approved building and a rule against abandoned vehicles, he said.
The lots, which average an acre and a half, are priced in the low $20,000 range.
Water and sewer will be individual wells and septic tanks and lateral lines.
"I am trying to protect everyone's property value and quality of life," Messenger said. "We will police it pretty strictly and in that way, we will make sure that everyone enjoys their decision to live out here and enjoys the quiet country life."