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Bryan County Commissioners addressed building and repair needs in the county during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Commissioners were asked to approve sponsoring a Community Development Block Grant for the Cartwright Volunteer Fire Department so a new fire station could be built.

The commissioners were told this has been a need for approximately five years and the current fire station is not large enough to meet the community’s needs.

Commissioners agreed that the need is present, but did not want to fill one of the counties three spots for grants without considering county projects first because only one slot is currently available.

The decision has to be made before January 2015, so commissioners agreed to table the issue until the fall to see if current county projects will be finished in time.

Commissioners did note that this project would be at the top of their list for the slot, so no other community project would be approved before the fire station project.

The fire station has tried to obtain a similar grant in the past, however errors prevented it. Commissioners were assured that this time, the Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA) would handle the project from start to finish.

Commissioners were also asked to help the Durant Round Up Club with parking issues. The recent rodeo entertained approximately 4,000 people on the Bryan County Fairgrounds and parking was said to be problem.

The Club is asking that any excess road material be taken there instead of dumped at other locations. The material can be spread over large holes so that the parking may be level and more parking can become available.

Commissioners agreed and said they would encourage road crews to dump excess materials at the site. Commissioner Jay Perry also added that he would make the District 3 bulldozer available for leveling the material when it is not in use by the county.

The commissioners also met Friday June, 27 for their annual budget meeting during which they presented their estimated budget to the county excise board.

The excise board approved the budget. The budget will be complete in July and will then be subject to state approval by August.

- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news

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