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Talehquah: Commissioners approve road projects

Talehquah: Commissioners approve road projects

This article first appeared in the Talehquah Daily Press.

May 19, 2009 10:26 am

A series of items concerning roads and bridges in northern Cherokee County were approved Monday by county commissioners.
The board of commissioners adopted a resolution to seek reimbursement from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for work on Littlefield Bridge in the amount of $153,391.01. An accompanying form, certifications and affidavits concerning the bridge also gained approval.

Board members also approved agreements to work on private property with Maxie Thompson, N.C. Crisp and Lynda Mounce due to the recent severe weather that has impacted the north end of the county. Agreements were also approved for the property of Lois Applegate and Howard Asher.

A June 1 public hearing will be held on Bill Baughman’s request to open section lines in Sections 14 and 15 and 10 and 11 of Township 18 Range 21 East. Baughman said he only wants to open the section line in Sections 14 and 15 a quarter mile and the line in Sections 10 and 11 a half mile. He also told the commissioners he has already sent notice to the adjoining property owners.

The commissioners also voted to accept Mossey Oak Lane and Pin Oak Drive into the county road system in District 2. District 2 Commissioner Bobby Botts said the roads meet all county specifications and are in the Zeb area.

A resolution increasing the percentage of employee retirement the county pays from 14.5 percent to 15.5 percent was approved. The employees pay 3.5 percent. District 3 Commissioner Mike Ballard said the cost will increase a percent each year until it reaches 21 percent.

What’s next
The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners will be in special session Thursday, May 21 at 9 a.m. in the second-floor conference room at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

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