The Woodward News

September 18, 2013

Commissioners reject bid

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners Monday morning, rejected a bid submitted for items meant to complete the build out of the new Woodward County Fairgrounds Expo Center.

The Expo Center is a part of the ongoing improvement projects associated with the Fairgrounds Improvement bond issue approved by voters early this year.

The overall project includes the removal of some of the older barns and an office building at the fairgrounds complex, updates to 2 of the current larger fair barns that will remain, and the construction of a new 60,000 square foot, multipurpose expo center.

A bid for the items, 230 Priefert livestock panels and panels with gates, had been submitted and opened at the last Woodward County Commissioner meeting, September 9.

The panels and panels with gates are meant to bolster the space and quality of pen space for livestock shows, according to board members.

Last week, no action was taken by commissioners who opted to table the bid until the Fairgrounds Authority  had a chance to inspect the bid.

"They instructed us to reject the bid because it is still early and there is still some question about how the funding of those panels will be handled, said District 3 Commissioner Vernie Matt.

At present, the primary demolition and construction costs will be addressed first for the project, with smaller, finishing touches to be addressed later, Matt said.

Today, Commissioners are slated to meet again today in a special meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. so commissioners can review and possibly approve the fiscal year 2013-2014 Woodward County Budget.