Fairgrounds project decision tabled

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Osage County commissioners Monday tabled for at least a week a decision regarding a proposal to improve the Clarence L. Brantley Indoor Arena at the county fairgrounds.

The project is to include a remodel of the restroom area to offer shower facilities. It is also to include the removal and replacement of interior and exterior doors and entrances to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Additionally, the project is to involve work on wheelchair ramps.

County officials had obtained price quotes for the work, with the lowest price coming in at $49,600.

County Clerk Shelia Bellamy said she talked with an auditor, who told her the county could move forward without seeking formal bids if it were to spend less than $50,000 on a particular contract. Bellamy said she read the law and was inclined to agree with the auditor.

District Attorney Mike Fisher said he, also, was inclined to agree with the auditor.

Nonetheless, concerns arose about whether the county would be able to complete the project for $49,600, or whether change orders might push the total cost over $50,000.

District 1 Commissioner Randall Jones indicated a desire to try to move forward based on the price quote, to save both time and money.

Fisher commented that, with Americans with Disabilities considerations as part of the mix, he was very concerned that the slightest change in the project could push it over the $50,000 threshold for advertising for bids.

“It is so close. Can we table this for one week?” Fisher said. The time will allow his office a chance to review the entire proposal for any legal problems.

Jones made the motion to table and the vote was 3-0 to do so.