It was with sadness and regret that Carter County Commissioners Kevin Robinson and Dale Ott accepted the resignation of Commissioner Bill McLaughlin at the end of the weekly meeting Mon­day morning.

McLaughlin, commis­sioner of District 1 since De­cember 2003, cited health rea­sons as the reason for stepping down and entering retirement. His last day in office will be T hursday.

"It's been an honor to work with you," Robinson said. "I hate you have to leave on these terms and I wish you well." Both Robinson and Ott will oversee District 1 until a successor can be elected to office.

The governor has re­ceived McLaughlin's res­ignation letter and will call for a special election within 30 days.

Prior to McLaughlin's retirement announce­ment, the commissioners approved a bid of $75,649 from Crawford Roofing out of Chickasha. A bid from Robbins Services, Inc. based in Mustang was lower at $72,846.69 but failed to meet the re­quirements asked for by the commission.

A bid of $13,990 from Southwest Solutions in Oklahoma City for a fil­ing system for the health department was also ac­cepted. The bid was the lowest of three submit­ted.

The commissioners also approved an agreement with American Track Gen­eration and the Ardmore Development Authority concerning the relocation of Redwing Road and Saw Mill Road.