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December 30, 2013

No scoreboard for fairgrounds

ENID, Okla. — The sole bid for a new sports scoreboard at Garfield County Fairgrounds has been rejected, with no replacement in sight.

Garfield County commissioners voted to reject the bid Monday morning upon a recommendation from the fairgrounds’ General Manager Steve Barnes.

Barnes said the trust authority that oversees the fairgrounds decided the cost of replacing the scoreboard system inside Chisholm Trail Expo Center — at least $111,700 before add-ons — was too much to spend.

“We went out for bids and only got one bid back. They thought it was for too much money and we haven’t made a decision on which way to go on that yet,” Barnes said.

The only company to submit a bid was Daktronics.

So far, there has been no guidance from Garfield County Fairgrounds Trust Authority on how to proceed, Barnes told the commission.

The scoreboard apparently was damaged after a tornado caused roof damage to the Expo Center in 2009.

“When the tornado took the roof off, rain got down in there,” Barnes said, adding that by the time the scoreboards were turned on again several months later, there was no way to prove for insurance purposes how the damage happened. “We’ve kind of suffered with it for the past couple of years.”

Any replacement would mean scrapping the entire system that’s in place now.

“You can’t just buy one to replace the south one, because they don’t make that model anymore. Those are now 15 years old, and when something starts going wrong with them, there’s not much to repair,” said Barnes. “It’s kind of a throw away and start all over type of deal.”

Other business

Commissioners approved an Oklahoma Department of Transportation programming resolution for bridge No. 152. The bridge is located in commission District 3.

Engineering services will cost $50,000 and are expected to be completed in 2014. Actual construction will be two years later and will cost about $600,000, according to the resolution.

Commissioners also renewed an annual contract between Garfield County Health Department and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center for radiological services. The rural fire department for the town of Garber also will receive funds for new self-contained breathing apparatuses, per commission action.

The following agenda items also were approved:

• The commissioner’s six-month bid schedule for common materials.

• Estimates of needs for the detention facility and the unrestricted highway cash fund.

• Resolutions allowing for the disposal of a broken printer from the county clerk’s office and a damaged sheriff’s department vehicle.

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