Official will look at paving project

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

District 1 Commissioner Jerry Howerton said Monday he would check to see if he could take on a paving project suggested by a resident of his district.

Barry Gott, who attended the Osage County board meeting Monday along with his wife, Kathy, complimented the commissioners on work that county employees have done along Birch Lake Road. Barry Gott said the workers had done an excellent job.

He went on to suggest that, while county equipment is in that area, the county could do chipping and sealing on roads that serve the Big Bend Estates housing addition. Gott estimated some 15-20 families probably live in the neighborhood, located west of Avant.

Gott mentioned Linda Lane and Alice Drive as roads in the area to which he was making reference.

“I appreciate the compliment about the road being in good shape,” Howerton said, adding he will have to assess what he can do in response to Gott’s suggestion, given that other road projects have been scheduled.

“I will take a look at it. I don’t know if I have the time,” Howerton said. “I do have to lay asphalt in Burbank.”

Howerton said he couldn’t promise more, and noted that finances will be a crucial consideration.

“I pastor a church. I know all about finances,” Gott said, expressing sympathy for Howerton’s task.

In other county business Monday, the commissioners voted to approve a contract from September through June 2019 with Turn Key Health Clinics. The company will provide inmate health services at the Osage County Jail at a rate of $17,750 per month.