On Monday, the Rogers County Commission approved a resolution supporting the City of Claremore’s efforts to elevate the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad track from Country Club Road to north of Blue Starr Drive.

City officials have said the proposed project’s cost is estimated at $40 million to $45 million and had hoped the county could partner financially on the deal.

Commission Chair Dan DeLozier said that is not possible.

“We are in favor of this, and we are in support of their plan,” DeLozier said. However,“There are no county funds to offer for this project, but we are still for it.”

DeLozier said, at one point, the city had asked if the county could contribute funding to the proposed project. But county revenue, both the one-cent county sales tax and other state and federal dollars, is restricted by law for use only on county roads and bridges. State law prohibits the use of county funds for projects within cities the size of Claremore.

In November, Claremore City Manager Troy Powell said the city was seeking federal funding for the project, which could take approximately one year to engineer and approximately two years to construct.

DeLozier said the commission is in favor of the project to not only allow constant access to all parts of Claremore for emergency vehicles, but to also alleviate Claremore’s traffic woes.



MINING PERMIT

Permission to extend a coal mining project, undertaken by Phoenix Coal Company, was granted 3-0 Monday.

Lonnie Chambers, a representative of Phoenix Coal Company, said the company is already mining off of Highway 88 northwest of Claremore, and asked that the company be allowed to extend their mining project to the “fence line” within 100-feet of Owalla Road.

According to Chambers, although the company will not mine within the county utility easement, where a water line is present, they will be mining up to the property owner’s fence, which is within the 100 feet of the road. Chambers added that state statutes require approval from the state highway department or county commission, depending on what type of roadway is involved.



COUNTY FAIR BOARD

The Rogers County Fair Board did not require an election this year to fill three seats.

According to County Clerk Peggy Armstrong, two incumbents and one newcomer were the only three to file for the three seats. The board members are Dewayne Stout, District 3; Mike Cox (incumbent), District 1; and Mark Robertson (incumbent), District 2.

BIDS AWARDED

Two bids were opened and one awarded for lighting and equipment for five new Rogers County Sheriff’s Office vehicles. According to Undersheriff Barry Lamb, the five vehicles were purchased under last year’s budget, and will soon be delivered and need emergency lights and equipment installed.

Bidding on the lighting and equipment were Oklahoma Police Supply — $16,280, and Visual Force Inc. — $16,571.80. Lamb told the commission both bids were comparable, and asked that the lowest bid, Oklahoma Police Supply, receive the award.



Contact Krystal J. Carman at 341-1101 or newsed@swbell.net.