It was a lengthy first meeting for newly-elected District 2 Carter County Commissioner Bill Baker on Monday, as the board of commissioners discussed details for six-month bids for a majority of the two-hour meeting.

The board approved bids for items such as tires, oil, rock and more to help with day to day county projects and maintenance. 

Baker took the seat early after Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin appointed him Monday, Dec. 12. Baker said the county did not receive word until Wednesday so he reported to the District 2 county barn Thursday morning. 

“Because that seat is vacant, the governor can appoint a person chosen by the people,” said Michael McNutt, Office of Gov. Mary Fallin communications director, adding this way the people of that district are represented until the elected official is sworn in at the beginning of their term in January.

Baker said he will be sworn in and take his oath of office with all of the other county officials Jan. 3. 

A copy of the governor’s proclamation for Baker can be viewed online at www.sos.ok.gov/documents/filelog/91437.pdf. 

Commissioners also approved Baker as a requisitions officer Monday for District 2. 

• Walnut Bayou

Commissioners signed off on an engineering plan for Walnut Bayou, a federal aid project that District 3 Commissioner Jerry Alvord said has been on the five-year plan for an extended period of time. The plans will now go to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to see if the plans reach their standards. 

“Once ODOT accepts that cover sheet, that large map, then I can acquire an acquisition company after ODOT has approved this,” Alvord said.

The project will replace two old cement bridges in District 3 on Dillard Road. 

• Pot hole patcher 

Only one bid was received for a new trailer mount pot hole patcher for District 1, which commissioners approved Monday. The bid was from JO-CO Equipment out of Broken Arrow for $65,550. 

The new patcher will replace one that is worn out, District 1 Commissioner Joe McReynolds said in their regular meeting last week. 

Other items approved Monday included the following:

• SOTC safety meeting dates for 2017

• Road crossing permit for SOWC

• Cooperative extension services agreement between OSU and The United States Department of Agriculture 

• Invoice from Pinnacle for Dolese Quarry for District 3

• Woodford Fire Department officers for 2017

• County officers reports

• Requisitions and purchase orders for county highway, general government and all cash accounts