The Woodward News

March 23, 2013

County officials set 2 hearings

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners will hold 2 public hearings during their meeting on Monday.

The first hearing concerns a request to rezone Lot 2 Block 2 of the Northwest Passage Industrial Park from general commercial to general industrial district.  The second hearing will address a request for the partial closing of a District 3 roadway from the closed railroad crossing to State Highway 15.

The commissioners are also slated to address other transportation matters, including considering action on a 5-year road and bridge improvement plan from Circuit Engineering District #8 for the Federal Fiscal Year 2013 through 2017.

CED #8 Program Manager Donnie Head explained that the plan consists primarily of projects for the repair and preservation of blacktop road, as well as one bridge project in District 1 to begin construction sometime in 2014.

In addition, the commissioners approved calling for bids for a project overlaying county road NS-203 from EW-51 to EW-48 and from EW-43 to EW-42.  The project is anticipated to cost an estimated $1.5 million pending what bids are received.

County Clerk Charolett Waggoner said the project will be along 8th Street south of Woodward city limits.

"The first mile is a mile south of Hanks Trail, and they'll do that asphalt overlay there," Waggoner said. "Then it'll skip 5 miles and they'll do the overlay from the Sharon-Shattuck road 3 miles north."

The county clerk said this will be the third time to consider bids for the project.

"We've had to throw out the bids twice now so hopefully we got it all this time," she said. "The first time they had problems with the plans and specifications, and the next time the bids didn't specify the line item bids, so we had to change that."

In other action, commissioners will consider an engagement letter with Thomas E. Lumsden as an expert witness in the case of Nextera Energy Resources-Sooner Wind LLC, District Court of Woodward County.

"This concerns the Nextera Energy company suing the county," Waggoner said.  The suit involves a dispute over ad valorem taxes owed by Nextera.

Waggoner said the county's attorney recommended signing Lumsden as an expert witness in the case, since he is a witness for Windfarm Land Appraisal of California.

Commissioners will also receive financing documentation from the Stock Exchange Bank for a 3/4 ton regular cab 4WD pickup for District 1.

"We went out for bids on pickups for District 1, and they received a pickup, and this is the financing and documentation for that," Waggoner said.

Commissioners will consider a contract agreement between the county and Western Plains Youth and Family Services Inc. regarding holding of juvenile offenders until they can be released to their parents or another agency.

"That's done every Fiscal Year," Waggoner said of the agreement with Western Plains.