Commissioners hold year’s first meeting

By Jessica Breger Staff Writer jbreger@civitasmedia.com

January 3, 2014

The Bryan County Commissioners held their first meeting of the new year at 9 a.m. January 2. To begin the meeting the commissioners named this year’s chair and vice chair.

Commissioner Tony Simmons will be serving the board as chair while Monty Montgomery will serve as vice-chair.

Commissioner Jay Perry said he will be running for commissioner again this year and asks for the community’s support.

A statement given by Perry points out the improvements he and his team have made concerning political, legal and organizational issues in district 3 as well as improvements to roads and bridges in the district.

This includes resurfacing parts of road in Bokchito and Caddo as well as two ongoing projects on Sawmill Road and Roberts Street, both of which were discussed in the meeting.

Commissioners approved a $124,427.50 estimate for the Roberts Street project and went over progress on Sawmill Road.

Commissioners also approved a request from Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden to advertis for bids to purchase a 2012 or newer sports utility vehicle.

Golden said that the office did not buy any new vehicles in the past year and the vehicles purchased before then had been used from other states.

Golden said there is a vehicle for sale in in Carter County that has less than 65,000 miles on it, and it is fully equipped for the office’s needs, except for a radio.

The price is $17,000. Golden said he would like to advertise for bids to see if they can find a similar vehicle for less but would like to buy this one if not.

Commissioners were also introduced to Rebecca Alvarez from GUY Engineering who will now be handling the road and bridge projects for the county.

Alvarez gave a quick review and update on the county’s ongoing projects after being introduced.