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1/20/2014 12:45:00 PM
County continues discussion on overweight trucks

Overweight trucks and potential fines were front and center again Monday at the Payne County Commissioners meeting.

Kent Bradley, a local home developer and excavator contractor told commissioners that he was upset with the county's policy on fining overweight trucks and potentially denying oil companies road crossing permits for waterlines because they tear up county roads.

Bradley said in many instances construction and oil trucks only have one way in and out of getting to a property and that is by using asphalt roads.

Bradley urged the commissioners to revisit and revise their policy.

"We can't deny businesses access to their commerce," Bradley said. "We need to think this whole thing through. We can't be selective on who we fine and who we don't."

District 3 Commissioner Jim Arthur said a number of oil company trucks are not using the designated routes the county set forth for them to use. He said those trucks are tearing up county roads and the county doesn't have the money to fix them.

"There isn't enough money to maintain them," Arthur said. "It is a lot worse now that the oil boom is going on (here). We understand they have to run asphalt roads in some areas to get to their destinations. We want to keep on the routes that will keep them off the asphalt roads as much as we can."

In a related matter, commissioners discussed changing the county's road crossing permit policy by having oil companies make a copy and adding where they want their crossings to be by using a county plat book when submitting their permits.

In other matters, commissioners approved setting the filing and election dates for annual election of directors for the Payne County Fair Board. The filing dates are Jan. 27-31 and the election date is Saturday, Feb. 8.

Up for re-election are District 1-Bret White; District 2-Bob Wetteman and District 3-Pecos Bridestine. Board members serve three year terms.

Commissioners approved Russell Engineering for design services on a bridge replacement at 19th and Norfolk and approved a report by the engineering firm of Mehlberger Brawley for the inspection of 124 bridges in District 1. The inspections cost just over $36,000 and were paid for through funding from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The Commissioners also approved the selling of a one-foot section of property in Yale.

Payne County Treasurer Bonita Stadler said the one-foot property is located on the north wall of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Yale. She said church officials offered to pay $5 to purchase the property.

Stadler said with the commissioner's approval she will advertise the property for three weeks and then sell it at public auction.

"I know it seems rather ridiculous for a foot of property that we have to go through this routine but we do," Stadler said.

David Sasser of Perkins was also approved to serve on the Payne County Excise board.

Commissioners concluded their meeting by conducting their annual inspection of the Payne County Jail.

"I was really impressed with how they have taken care of it through the years," Arthur said. "It looks every bit as good the day that it opened. I think the sheriff and his staff is doing an excellent job with that facility."

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