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Stangl resigns from county excise board

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Kingfisher County Excise-Equalization Board member Tony Stangl of Okarche recently submitted a letter of resignation.

County commissioners discussed a training program for new excise board members at their meeting Monday.

However, no new member has been appointed as yet to succeed Stangl.

The new member must come from District 3, which Stangl has represented, and will be an appointment by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, a job normally deferred to the state senator for the district.

Other members of the excise board are Jim Simmons of Cashion, District 1, a district judge appointee, and Jim Shimanek of Hennessey, District 2, whose position is appointed by the board of county commissioners.

The county excise-equalization board appointments are statutorily designated.

As the excise board, members review and approve budgets of political divisions within the county, and as the equalization board, they are responsible for equalizing the assessment roll and hearing and settling protests.

County Clerk Jeannie Boevers, recording secretary for both commissioners and the excise-equalization board, said she brought the report of the state training program to the commissioners’ attention because the next training session begins next week.

She speculated that additional training meetings will be held later.

Commissioners approved a five-year programming resolution for all three commissioner districts.

The program resolution includes some major projects that can only be implemented if the state legislature funds the County Improvement for Roads and Bridge (CIRB) account, which was raided to fill gaps in the state budget due to recent famine years in the state treasury.

The CIRB account traditionally is funded by state taxes enacted for and dedicated to county road needs.

In earlier times, counties could apply for funding for major projects that normal county revenue could not cover and could receive funding on an alternating basis with other requesting counties. Kingfisher County commissioners alternate receiving project funds on a rotating basis.

A programming resolution is necessary to get on the CIRB project list.

Projects included in the county’s 2019 programming resolution with estimated costs follow as listed:

No. 1 – Districts 1,2 and 3: chip, seal, fog seal and STP project, $143,333.40.

No. 2 – District 1: Grade, drain, bridge and realignment, $4,300,000.

No. 3 – District 3: Bridge, $350,000.

No. 4 – District 1: EW 730 starting at NS 2920 and extending three miles to NS 2950, $2,5000,000.

No. 5 – District 2: EW 730 starting at NS 2890 and extending six miles east,$2,650,000.

No. 6 – District 1: CN 790 NB10, 15166 structure, $588,544.

No. 7 – District 2: EW 71.5 starting at NS 2830 extending east 2.7 miles to U.S. 81, $2,001,000.

Commissionersapproved a notice to bid on labor and materials for county oil and chip projects in all districts, a declaration of surplus for three equipment items in District 2, which will be submitted for sale to the Circuit Engineering District 8 auction later in the year, a CED 8 invoice of $239.25 for bridge inspections and approval of the salaries of county employees to be published in the newspaper.

An agenda item listing a low phone quote for a bridge project in District 2 was tabled on motion of District 2 Commissioner Ray Alan Shimanek. District 1 Commissioner Jeff Moss and District 3 Commissioner Heath Dobrovolny joined Shimanek in voting in favor of tabling (delaying) action on the item.

Ranger Oilfield Service received approval to install a public access drive with a 30-inch, 90-foot culvert for Chisholm Oil and Gas 400 feet east of 680 and 2940 roads.

The following companies received permits for county road pipeline crossings:

• Newfield Exploration – four permits for water lines in District 3, all located five miles south and two to three miles east of Loyal.

• Great Salt Plains Midstream – one permit for six-inch and four-inch steel lines located two miles south and six-miles west of Hennessey, District 2, and two permits for four-inch, six-inch and 10-inch steel lines at locations two miles north and four miles west of Loyal, District 3.

• Cottonmouth – six-inch permanent line located three miles north of Loyal, District 3.

• Brickman Fast Line – four permits for 12-inch lay flat lines located seven miles east and five miles south and six miles west of Hennessey, and permit for three-inch poly line six miles south and seven miles east of Hennessey, District 2, and one permit for one 12-inch line in District 3 located four miles north and four miles west of Loyal.

•Markwest Oklahoma Gas – two 12-inch steel lines in District 1, one located seven miles east and four miles south of Kingfisher and one located nine miles east and four miles north of Okarche.

• Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. – Electric line in Hennessey.

Moss reminded fellow commissioners of the approaching traditionally prepare the meal for the premium auction following the show.