The Woodward News

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July 3, 2012

County approves part of water bid

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners have approved a portion of a bid for water system improvements for Quinlan Rural Water District No. 1.

Wayne Johnson with the Quinlan Rural Water District said they chose the bid from HTM Underground which was $277,650. However, due to lack of funds, the water district can only accept part of the bid, he said.

"A couple of items (on the bid) we'll do without right now," Johnson said during the county commission meeting Monday morning.

Commissioners also approved a request from the Quinlan Water District for a utility permit to bore under a District No. 1 roadway for a water line. Johnson said the request was in conjunction with the bid for water system improvements.

Tommy Roedell, District No. 1 commissioner, said the water district will be boring under County Road 37, which is north of the Quinlan community.

There also was approval of a claim for reimbursement from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) for flood damages that occurred in 2007. Roedell said there were flood damages 1.4 miles east of Quinlan and 1.5 miles north near the Quinlan Y back in 2007.

Bridges were washed out and gyp rock and repair asphalt had to be brought in due to extreme erosion, he said. While the claim was made in 2007, for some reason he said it "fell through the cracks."

He said the incident was documented by Ralph Triplett, District No. 1 commissioner at the time, and that it was still on the list of claims at ODOT. Roedell said they should receive $7,721.86 for the damages if the funds are available.

A pledge and guarantee agreement between Woodward County and Northwest Oklahoma Solid Wast Disposal Authority and the Association of Landfill Assurants (ALFA) was approved as well. Roedell said the agreement is needed to help the county keep the right amount of funds in an account to cover expenses when it is time to close the landfill, as required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ted Craighead, District No. 2 commissioner, said those closure expenses include things such as inspection fees.

Roedell said a calculation is made that uses the total number of years of the landfill's lifespan and depending on that, a certain amount of money is paid into the account every year.

He said the landfill currently has a lifetime expectancy of about 30 years.

As they add on to the area of the landfill though, they can also increase the life expectancy of it, he said.  As an effect of this, the county will not have to pay as much money into the account because it is further away from having to close down.

Roedell said the payment should drop down about $20,000 next year.

Commissioners also approved detention service agreements for Fiscal Year 2012 to 2013.  One agreement was with the Oklahoma Juvenile Justice Services, Inc. in Garfield County for $23.26 per day. The other was with Cleveland County Regional Juvenile Detention Center for $21.74 per day.

Other agenda items approved included a monthly jail report for April, blanket purchase orders and minutes of all June meetings.

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