Don Hawthorne

County Commissioner

 

This month the County United Way Coordinator, Lindsey Billen challenged each of the departments to a “Food War”. The purpose was to gather canned goods for the Food bank. The employees of District 3 stepped up to the task and donated 800 of the 1,630 cans that was collected. As a reward, we will be treated to a steak dinner later this month. I would like to recognize and thank Debbie McDonald for coordinating our event. We also have a special “thank you” to Marlys Bigbow and the staff at the Cache Hop & Sack for helping to collect food donations.

 

For the past month, we have dedicated a lot of time to the Meers-Porterhill Road between S. H. 58 and U.S. 62. The Comanche Nation Transportation Department agreed to provide the funding for a two inch over lay. We had the responsibility to get the road prepared for the resurfacing. The crew dug out a number of bad spots over the seven miles and filled them with screenings, and these with the rest of the rough spots were blade leveled with asphalt. We laid down over 1,000 tons of asphalt to make the old road as smooth as possible.

 

The Comanche Nation suggested and agreed to pay for a change order to expand the road from a 22-foot to a 24-foot. This made it much safer. This project has been completed.

 

The Job Corp Road from U.S. Highway 62 to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has been patched. That road is getting a little age and the effects of the drought on it, and all of our roads are taking its toll causing more cracks that we would normally have had with regular rains.

 

Street patching was also done in Pecan Valley South, and we repaired the parking lot at the Chattanooga School.

 

Our mowing of major collector roads is about complete and we will begin mowing the ditches along gravel roads in preparation for winter.

 

The road crew finished the oil and chipping of Elk Creek Loop. Our oil distribution truck used to put down the oil for the chips broke down on this project and it had to be taken to Oklahoma City for repairs. So unless we get a week of warm weather, this could be the last road we oil and chip this year. To lay oil and chips, we must have three nights in a row that do not drop below 50 degrees.

 

We had the final inspection by ODOT on the Boulder Creek Bridge on Gore Blvd between Airport and Paint roads. This low water crossing was a part of the 5-year plan to be replaced with a bridge.

 

Kenny Kinder, Road Forman, and I attended the grand opening of the new addition to the Meers Volunteer Fire Department station. They added on a kitchen, meeting room and inside rest rooms. This was a result of a REAP grant and a lot of in kind labor and materials donated by other folks. Fire Chief, Bill Cunningham and the volunteer firemen have worked hard to modernize these facilities, and have done an outstanding job.

 

These rural volunteer fire departments are an important part of our communities not only providing fire protection, but also medical support through their first responders. It is surprising to me that in a month they will make more medical “runs” than they do for fires.

 

112th Street Status: As reported last month all the utilities are moved and we have started preparing the road bed and the bar ditches. Lawton has put in the cross drains. They had a little trouble with the inflow and outflow pieces. We have offered to help Lawton with the side drains at the entrances into Pecan Valley South and with the construction of the extension of the drain under Cache Road at the 112th Street intersection.

 

Phase 2 of the 112th street surfacing bid was awarded to T&G Construction by the Board of County Commissioners and all the necessary bonds and agreements are in place. As soon as the City and County have their parts completed, the road surfacing will begin.

 

We were all saddened by the passing of Bill Foster. Bill was a long time employee having been hired by Commissioner Duty Rowe. Besides being a fellow employee, he was a friend.

 

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

 

The regular rains, though not large amounts, have kept the grass growing and our crews mowing and the need to grade roads in the District. And with or without rain, patching roads is a continuing process.

 

We received bids on the Meers-Porterhill Road overlay project from SH 58 to US 62. T&G Construction was the low bidder. We have been smoothing out the rough spots and where necessary digging out bad spots and repairing them so the overlay will be as even as possible. This project is being funded by the Comanche Nation.

 

Second Street in Cache from B to G Avenue, 197th Street on the west side of Chattanooga, and Holsey Acres Road from Bigbow to Bandy have been recently oiled and chipped.

Hillary Road was recycled and the road base ready to be oiled and chipped later this year. In addition, the City of Cache requested us to recycle 4th Street between Elm and Oak Streets and we will resurface it when requested to do so by the City.

 

The trash trucks in Pecan Valley South have destroyed Stonebrook Drive beyond repair and it had to be recycled. Additional rock material was added to build up the base and it is to be oiled and chipped later this year.

 

Phase II of 112th Street: AT&T has gotten their lines moved and PSO is finishing up relocating their lines. A fiber optic line will be moved as soon as PSO is finished. The house on the east side of the street will be switched from CKT rural water to the Pecan Valley water system. The cross drains and side drains are on site and will be installed as soon as the utilities are clear, which should be by the end of the month. The bid packet for the surfacing is ready to be sent out. Depending on the weather, we still plan to have the street completed before the end of the year.

 

Foreman, Kenny Kinder and some of our County employees provided assistance to the fire departments fighting the fire north of Indiahoma. At the request of the Incident Commander, we had a motor grader cutting fire breaks and we provided and hauled fuel to the fire trucks engaged in trying to contain the fire.

 

Kenny and I met with the Cache Mayor and his staff, and members of the Comanche Nation to discuss resurfacing some of the streets on the east side of the City. We are currently working out an agreement that formalizes the arrangement and responsibilities.

 

I met with the officers of the Pecan Valley North Homeowners Association to discuss a number of problems with their streets and drainage. . We repainted the right turning lane that goes into Pecan Valley North and the Lawton Christian School.

 

The Meers Volunteer Fire Department, with a REAP grant and a large amount of in-kind contributions has expanded their fire station. Then we had our crew expand the parking lot and drive way to accommodate the new addition to the fire station.

 

We provided assistance to some of the schools in the District. We hauled wood chips for the playground and a special type of dirt for their softball and baseball diamonds. Heavy equipment installing new air conditioner units on the roof of the high school damaged the parking lot and we dug out the damaged spots and patched them with crusher rock and screenings.

 

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

 

 

This is the first Road and Bridge report since the Primary Election, and I want to thank folks for their support and confidence, and for allowing me to serve another term. 

 

The road crew and support staff of the District 3 County Barn have just completed their well-deserved summer vacation break, and are now back to work full time.

 

Before the break, but after my last report to you, the road crew oiled and chipped three miles of McClung Road from State Highway 58 to Shroyer Road. We also completed the mile of Paradise Valley Drive north of Meers-Porterhill Road and the mile of Crater Creek Road from Coombs to Woodlawn.

 

We have gone out for bids to do a 2 inch overlay on the Meers-Porterhill Road. The funding for this project is provided by the Comanche Nation Transportation Department. We appreciate our fine working relationship with the Comanche Nation, and the cooperative projects we are able to complete together.

 

The crew re-cycled a mile of Holsey Acres Road from Big Bow Road to Bandy Road and 2nd Street and Wildflower Subdivision, in the City of Cache. We have yet to recycle Holsey Acres Road from Old Cache Road to Big Bow, but do plan that soon. The re-cycled roads in Holsey Acres and 2nd Street in Cache will be oiled and chipped later this summer.

 

A section of Indiahoma Road near the cemetery was recycled and repaired. The road crew is finishing oil and chipping 2 miles of Streets in Chattanooga.

 

The bridge on Boulder Creek at Gore Blvd. has been completed. However, we have not had the final inspection by ODOT and the County.

 

Letters to the landowners adjacent to the bridge on Airport Road, a ½ mile south of Old Cache Road, have been notified that the environmental studies will be taking place within the next several months.

 

Several of our crew worked at the Fair Grounds hauling dirt in for the Grand National Horsemen Association Play Day Finals. This event will be held the week of July 19-27, 2014. This big event is held annually, and brings in a large number of people that benefits the Lawton area economically.

 

Phase 2 of 112th Street status: The east fence of the north ½ mile has been moved over seventeen feet to the new right of way. The utility companies have until the end of the month of July to move their lines. Once the utilities are cleared, the City and County will put in new cross drains and prepare the road bed for resurfacing. The bid packet is being prepared to go out for the final layers of aggregate and asphalt surfacing.

 

Continuing our upgrade of District 3 equipment, we took delivery on two new motor graders to replace the older ones in our inventory.

 

Our crew has sprayed the intersections and bridges to kill the weeds, and we have been clearing brush and trimming tree limbs back to improve visibility.

 

A number of areas of streets in Pecan Valley North and South subdivisions have been dug out and repaired.

 

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.  You can also access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

 

Another month with little rainfall, however the grass is beginning to grow and we have started our mowing operations.

The road crew has continued to prepare roads to be oil and chipped this summer. They have recycled the road surface on two miles of McClung Road between State Highway 59 and Shroyer Road.  This is the last of our FEMA funded roads.

We have been working on funds to do a 2 inch overlay on the Meers-Porterhill Road which is classified as a major collector and did not qualify for FEMA funds.  The total cost of this project would be about one million dollars.

We also have Crater Creek Road between Coombs and Woodlawn Roads, Chattanooga’s Cemetery Road, and Paradise Valley Road north of Meers-Porterhill Road prepared and ready to oil & chip.

The crew will next move to Holsey Acres Road from Old Cache Road to Bandy Road and 2nd Street in the City of Cache.

H.K. Builders have started the bridge on Boulder Creek at Gore Blvd.  Construction is almost half completed. They should be finished by the first of July.

Several of our crew worked at the Fair Grounds hauling off woodchips that was used in the stock show.  Once the wood chips are used for such an event, it has so much manure and trash in it that it has to be hauled off.

We are continuing to make progress on our Phase 2 of 112th Street.  The necessary right of way has been acquired and the survey completed.  The fence will be moved over from the old property line.  C.E.C. Engineering, Road Forman Kenny Kinder and I met with the various utility companies so they can start moving their lines to accommodate the new roadway.

This past month we hauled sand to the Cache Middle School new playgrounds.  We have also continued to clear the trees and brush out of the bar ditches in anticipation of someday getting rain.

ODOT is requiring all of our street signs with 4 inch lettering to be replaced with 6 inch letters.  The signs cost about $50 each and with 625 miles of road, one can only imagine how many signs that we will have to replace & the big increase in expense this will be.  Also we have been requested to photograph every intersection to be posted on Google earth.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.  You may also access it at donaldhawthorne.com

 

Don Hawthorne of Cache has announced he is a candidate for re-election for Comanche County Commissioner, District 3.

 

Hawthorne said “I am proud of the accomplishments that we have made during my first term, but there is more I would like to see done.”

 

During Commissioner Hawthorne’s first term, he placed a major emphasis on repairing roads and bridges within the District and upgrading District 3 equipment.

 

Under his direction, the S.W. Lee Blvd project was completed. This project was 5.4 miles and cost over $6 million.  The road crew has redone over 60 miles of roads, using County Highway and FEMA funding.  Two bridges have been replaced and three more scheduled for replacement, as well as 42 bridges repaired. Working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the City of Lawton, he initiated obtaining funding for the replacement of 112th Street between Cache Road and S.W. Lee Blvd.

 

He has upgraded District 3’s equipment, by replacing five older motor graders with new ones, bought a new backhoe and front-end loader, added newer trucks to the fleet, including obtaining a no interest loan from ODOT Revolving Fund for three 2014 10-wheel Mack dump trucks.  He also obtained a grant to purchase a new wood chipper.  He purchased a boom truck for trimming trees that hang over the road ways, a patch truck, and a Graudall to clean out bar ditches around culverts.

 

Commissioner Hawthorne values his relationship with local tribal governments.  Joint projects have been undertaken with both the Comanche Nation and the Kiowa Nation Transportation Departments.

 

He has made improvements to the District Barn adding 1,475 square feet of office space adjoining the existing structure using non-highway funds, which enhanced cohesiveness of the office staff and the road crewHawthorne stated, “We have a good team working in District 3.”

 

Commissioner Hawthorne prepared a balanced budget for the last two fiscal years for the County.  This was accomplished by working closely with other elected officials and department heads.

 

He currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Juvenile Detention Center and the Comanche County Health Department Board.  He is on the Board of Director’s of Circuit Engineering District # 6 representing Comanche County, and also is a member on the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma’s Legislative Committee.

 

Don graduated from Cache High School, where he was a member of the Bulldog baseball and basketball teams.  He then attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management in 1965.

 

He began his federal service career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1965.  Later he transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and retired in 1999, with 33 years of service.

 

During his career, Don has held numerous positions of responsibility.  He has managed multiple levels of funding from federal, state, county and private sources.  He has been accountable for being a good steward of the monies that were entrusted to him, and to implement and manage programs that met the needs of the public.  Hawthorne received numerous awards and recognition for his leadership, management abilities and accomplishments.

 

After retirement from federal service, he served as Legislative Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture during the 1999 Session of the Oklahoma Legislature.  He was a Trustee and served as Chairman of the Cache Economic Development Authority.

 

Don has been married 51 years to Carolyn Holden Hawthorne.  They are the parents of 3 daughters, Dana, Sheri and Susanne and have five grandchildren.

 

He and his wife are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Cache and Don is the Church Treasurer.  He is a member of the National Cattlemen’s and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Associations, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association of America.  Don and his brother Arnold Hawthorne run a small cow/calf operation in the county.

 

Commissioner Hawthorne stated, “As rural populations continue to grow, more demands are put on our roads and bridges in the county.   I would like to have the opportunity to continue the improvements we are making in the Western District,  therefore I am seeking a second term.”

The ½ inch of rain we received in Comanche County was nice, but we all are well aware that much more is needed to break this long drought.  According to a recent report, we have a deficiency of over 50 inches of rainfall during the last 7 years.

I mentioned last month that we had 35 bridges out of 133 that were identified as needing some type of maintenance to keep them serviceable. The crew has repaired about half of those on the list, including replacing the wing wall on the bridge on old Cache Road where it passes under the railroad tracks.

We received the final bridge inspection report on the five truss bridges that we have in District 3.  All except one were determined to be in safe but fair condition.  The only one that rated a poor condition was over Medicine Creek at Medicine Park.  That rating was due to the condition of the deck.  This bridge is in the Town of Medicine Park, but the County has responsibility for inspections.  We have passed this information on to the City of Medicine Park officials.

We have been clearing out dead trees and limbs upstream from bridges to ensure the creeks and draws can handle high water, with hope the rains will come this spring.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation gave the County the beams from the I-44 overpass.  The beams are over 50 feet long and can be used in future bridge projects.

On March 10, 2014, the ODOT Commission approved $960,000 for the paving of Phase 2, which is the north end of the 112th Street project. The road crew has completely recycled the asphalt and we have acquired the needed right of ways.  The engineers will be meeting with the utilities companies concerning those that need to be moved.

At the request of the Fire Chief of the Paradise Valley Fire Department, we added gravel to their driveway from where a water meter had been removed.

The construction has begun by H K Builders, Inc. on putting a bridge on Gore Blvd. between Paint and Airport Roads to replace the low water crossing on Boulder Creek.  The total cost of the project is $692,000 and completion date is the 1st of June, depending upon the weather.

The road crew has recycled the old black top on 197th Road from State Highway 36 to Coffee Road.  This road is on our list to oil and chip this summer.

The bar ditches were cleaned on 197th Road between Woodland and Coombs Roads.  This was done to improve drainage and move the water away from the roadway.

With a fleet of trucks, graders, backhoes and loaders, it takes a lot of work to keep them serviced and running properly.  Wayne Cassell, and Kenneth Roach are the dedicated mechanics that we depend on to see to it that all the equipment is in tip top running order.  We appreciate being able to depend on these two guys to get the job done!

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn.

 

 

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3

The holidays are behind us, and we are looking forward to a productive year in 2014. The crew took their vacations, and we were glad to not have to ask them back on to the job for any weather related emergencies.

Road Foreman, Kenny Kinder, and a number of guys worked Super Bowl Sunday clearing the snow from roads. Some of the roads received large amounts of traffic before they could be plowed, and they turned to ice making it difficult to clear off. But the crew did a good job – hauled lots of sand, plowed lots of roads and made the roads as safe as they could.

The ice storm last month caused some damage to sections of about 20 miles of District 3 roads. Road Foreman Kenny Kinder, FEMA Coordinator Debbie McDonald and I met with representatives from FEMA and Oklahoma Emergency Management to determine if we qualify for assistance to repair this damage. The economic damage has to reach a threshold dollar amount for us to qualify. We will be informed of their decision later.

At the request of the Town of Chattanooga, we have started to prepare approximately 12 blocks of streets in their town. We will oil and chip them when the weather warms to a temperature of 50 degrees or higher and we are able to obtain the oil. As in similar projects, the municipality will pay for the materials.
We have received a request from the City of Cache to redo 2nd Street from G Avenue to the railroad tracks. We will begin this project in the spring.

Every two years, we pay for an engineer to inspect our bridges. The inspections were completed, and we received the report. I am happy to say that out of 128 bridges inspected none failed to pass, but we have 35 that require some maintenance to prevent further damage. That maintenance will be completed as quickly as possible.

Kenny and I met with ODOT for a preconstruction meeting and with H & K Bridge Builders who will begin construction to replace the low water crossing over Boulder Creek on Gore Road. Construction will begin on February 17, and the contractor has 90 calendar days to complete the project.
CEC Engineering was selected to begin to design the bridge that will replace the small bridge on Airport Road between Old Cache Road and Gore Blvd. The construction of the new bridge will start next year.

Richard Sellers and Billy Bigbow helped the City of Lawton road crew recycle the old asphalt road on Lee Blvd. from the 112th Street intersection east to the four lane section of the road. Lawton has gone out for bids for resurfacing on Phase One of that project.
Our road crew will start milling up old asphalt on Phase Two which is the section of 112th Street from the railroad tracks north to old Cache Road starting February 10, weather permitting. We are confident that the ODOT Commission will approve the funding for the Phase Two resurfacing at their March meeting.

A crew put concrete headers on the culvert at the intersection of Curts Drive and Stoney Point Roads. There is a large ditch on the west side of the road, and we have received several calls from citizens worried about cars turning too short and running off the culvert.

We often mention the work of the road crew but fail to mention those in the office who keep our every day operation running smoothly. I want to take this opportunity to publicly express our appreciation to Betty Berthold, the Commissioners Assistant, John Mark Fisher, the Receiving Officer, and Debbie McDonald, the FEMA Coordinator for their dedication and commitment to District 3.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn & I will return your call.
You can access this report monthly on the county web site and the County Times, as well as this website. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

This past month snow, sleet and ice have occupied our time.  We estimate that during the last storm, we used over 500 tons of sand.  Much time was spent cleaning off bridges of an accumulation of ice and sand. 

At the request of Medicine Park officials, we sanded the major streets and hauled several loads of sand for them to use where needed.

We have purchased additional sanders from ODOT.  This will double our capability to sand roads and bridges during snow and ice weather conditions.

We rented a crack sealer to fill in the cracks that had developed in our asphalt roads due to drought conditions. We were particularly concerned about a number of cracks that had developed in the new portion of Lee Blvd.  By filling the cracks, it will prevent water from getting into the cracks and causing further damage to the road when it freezes. 

Beginning on December 20, 2013, the District 3 Barn will be closed until January 6, 2014.  That is unless an emergency occurs, such as snow and ice. Then a crew will be called out to sand intersections and bridges.  Otherwise it is a good time for them to use their accrued leave & comp time.

As the New Year approaches, we reflect back on some of our accomplishments over the past three years:

·        Completed S.W. Lee Blvd from Lawton City limits to County Road 115, a 5.5 mile project costing $6.5 million.

·        Redone or resurfaced 60.75 miles of District 3 roads funded by County Highways funds & FEMA.

·        Replaced 2 bridges and repaired 10, including working with the Comanche Nation Transportation Department to complete the bridge on S.W. Lee Blvd that crosses Post Oak Creek.

·        Striped 58 miles of roads.

·        Using non-highway funds added on 1,475 square foot office space at the District 3 barn replacing a trailer, which housed the District 3 offices.

·        Up graded equipment – adding 3 new motor graders, acquired 3 new 10-wheel Mack dump trucks, purchased additional low mileage trucks (10-wheel dump trucks and 3 semi trucks), a new John Deere back hoe and front-end loader. 

·        Also purchased a boom truck for trimming trees that hang over the road way, a new patch truck, upgraded our track hoe and a Graudall to clean out bar ditches around culverts. Applied for and received a grant to purchase a new wood chipper.

·        Worked with the Kiowa Nation Transportation Department to asphalt Miller Road from Meers-PorterHill Road to the Kiowa Mission Church.

·        Acquired funding for 112th Street between Old Cache Road and S.W. Lee Blvd.

 

The District 3 crew wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn & I will return your call.

 

 You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

 

 

 

 

Don Hawthorne

Comanche County Commissioner,

District 3

We finally had our first fall freeze and are mowing ditches along graveled roads.  The growing season has been longer than normal and the weeds are tall.  Of course in Oklahoma, “What is normal weather?”   As this piece is being written, the County’s trucks are being prepared for winter weather expected this weekend.   The sanding operation will be ready to go, if we do get freezing rain on roads & bridges.  In anticipation of icy winter weather, a crew has been out trimming trees along tree lined roads and around bridges.

With cooler temperatures, this has ended our oil and chipping for this year. Our plans were to oil and chip the two miles of Stoney Point Road from State Highway 49 to Welch Road the week of October 25th, but two soft spots developed in the base of the first mile – one at Foxfire Road and one at Curtis Road.  We had to dig out the bad base, build it up and we finished the last mile from Tackle Box Road to State Highway 49 on Friday November 15.

Other roads we have oil and chipped since my last report are Lee Blvd. from Indiahoma Road to 157th Road and Red Elk Road from Cache Road to Lee Blvd.

We put a single oil and chip overlay on Gore Blvd. from Airport Road to Crater Creek Road, and on Bandy from Holsey Acres Road to New Cache Road.

We put asphalt millings on Stoney Point Road north of Meers-Porterhill Road and on Autumn Drive.

The crew cleaned out the bar ditches and added gravel to North Road west of State Highway 115.

We tore out a small bridge on Wolf Road, deteriorated beyond repair, and replace it with two six-foot culverts.  Also the stream bed was cleaned out and banks shaped to allow for better water flow.

Working with the City of Lawton on 112th Street, we have finished our part of Phase 1 that runs from Lee Blvd. north to the Railroad tracks. We have offered to help recycle the portion of Phase1 that goes east on Lee Blvd for .3 miles from the intersection.  We did so to speed up the project.  Lawton estimates that Phase 1 will be finished in late spring.

Phase 2 of 112th Street runs from the railroad tracks north to old Cache Road and is currently in the engineering design stage.

A crew has been working in Pecan Valley South digging out bad spots in the road and building the base up with 1½ inch gravel in preparation for patching them later this month.

We worked with the Town of Faxon getting their streets shaped up by patching some and graveling others.

Road Forman Kenny Kinder and I have been working with Sunoco Logistics who will be putting in the proposed Granite Wash pipeline that will cross the south west part of the county.   Kenny has been sizing culverts, for roads going into their valve stations.

We purchased a used Gradall Hydraulic Excavator that will be used to clean out bar ditches around culverts and other places where finished dirt work is needed.

The County Crew & I wish you and your families a happy & safe Thanksgiving.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn & I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District 3:  Road and Bridge Report

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3

There is a feel of fall in the air and we are hustling to get as many of our FEMA roads completed as we can.  FEMA funds are paying to repair and redo roads that were damaged in the 2010 ice storm. We have until March 2014 to finish the projects, unless we request an extension.  

This past month we have completed three miles on Tackle Box Rd. from State Highway 58 to Stoney Point Rd., and two miles of 4-Mile from Tackle Box Rd. to Welch Rd. Two miles of Red Elk Rd. from Cache Rd. to Lee Blvd. are almost completed.  However, the road crew found several spots in the road base on Red Elk that must be dug out and replaced with 1 1/2 inches of gravel and re-packed.  Once we are satisfied we have a good solid road bed, it will be oiled & chipped.  

 Stoney Point Rd. has been made ready to oil and chip one mile from Tackle Box Rd. to McIntosh Rd.  Once that mile is completed, we will redo Stoney Point Rd. from Tackle Box Rd. to S. H. 49.

While we are waiting on the City of Lawton to get the concrete cross-drains for the 112th street project, we have been hauling native gravel to the Phase 1 portion of the road to raise the road bed base. Also, regarding 112th Street, Road Foreman Kenny Kinder and I met with Cobb Engineering to start the design of Phase two of this project.  This second phase will go from Cache Road to 100 feet north of the railroad tracks.

Mowing has been steady because of the rains that have come throughout the summer.  Usually by this time, the mowing is pretty well completed, but this summer the rains have kept the grass growing.  We have also continued to trim trees that have died because of the drought and also some that have blocked vision at intersections. 

Some of the crew is learning the ODOT technique of blade leveling using hot mix asphalt from the APAC plant at Snyder. It makes for a smoother patch.  Using this method they have re-patched bad spots on County Highway 115 and on Meers-Porterhill Road. 

Foreman Kenny Kinder and I met with the Transportation Director of the Kiowa Tribe, Carla Davis, regarding beginning of the construction of Miller Rd. from S.H. 58 to the Mt. Scott Kiowa United Methodist Church.  The County had entered into an agreement over a year ago for the Tribe to pay for this construction. Our part of the agreement was to do the engineering and acquire the needed right of way for the project, which we have completed. 

The crew did some street patching in Robinson Landing.  We also put up Neighborhood Watch signs in Pecan Valley North, Pecan Valley South and the Blue Beaver community, and moved the marquee sign for the Indiahoma School.

We mowed and improved the parking lot around the ball field at the Wichita Mountain Senior Citizens Center. 

Not road related, but a time consuming task was putting together the County’s budget for 2013-14. The process started the end of July and I had meetings with the County elected officials and department heads as a group and each reviewed their respective estimate of needs.  They then did the same before the Excise Board. The next step for me was to meet with each of them individually and negotiate what could be included into the County’s budget.

The completed County Budget was then reviewed and passed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Excise Board cut what they thought was $200,000 excess carry over out of the Sheriff’s budget.  I met with the Sheriff and his staff and determined that there was not a carry over and presented the original budget back to the Board of County Commissioners, which they passed and then back to the Excise Board and this time it was approved. The whole process took approximately 7 weeks.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us. 

 You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.