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December 20, 2012

Commissioners to review legal publications

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Commissioners will discuss on next Wednesday a proposal concerning the publication of commissioner’s proceedings; bids; legal ads and notices in the newspaper.

The item is included in the commissioner’s weekly agenda which will be at 9 a.m. on Dec. 26 in the commissioner’s meeting room at the Rogers County Courthouse.

“I spoke with the clerk and requested the item be added,” Commissioner Kirt Thacker said. “I really think we need to get the most bang for the buck for the people of Rogers County.” 

“The idea is to find the best deal. To do that then, it must be looked at from a bidding or quote perspective according to the laws of the state of Oklahoma,” Thacker added.

“We are looking for the best price,” Thacker said.

Additionally, Thacker has requested that District Attorney Janice Steidley’s office review the publication requirements to determine what is required under the law.

These efforts are in an attempt to save taxpayer money, he said.

The state of Oklahoma requires a set rate for publication for all legal notices throughout the state, according to statute.

Former District Attorney Gene Haynes made a ruling during his term on this issue. Haynes issued a legal opinion to the commissioners stating that the rate was not negotiable.

The opinion also concluded that bidding could not be based on price. 

Currently, the county is publishing its legal notices in the Claremore Daily Progress.

Other options for publication, within the county include the Oologah Lake Leader, Chelsea Reporter, Inola Independent, none of which serve as a daily newspaper for the area.

The circulation of the Claremore Daily Progress is larger than all three papers combined.

According to sources within the Rogers County Clerk’s office, the item comes after ongoing discussions about the publication of legal notices by the Claremore Daily Progress.

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