Okla. judge rules against Tar Creek trust

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma attorney general's office
isn't sure if a trust overseeing the buyout of homes and businesses
in the Tar Creek Superfund site will appeal a ruling that it
violated the state's Open Meeting Act.
Rogers County District Judge Dwayne Steidley ruled Wednesday
that the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust
erred when it awarded a $2.1 million contract to Stone's Backhoe,
Dozer and Trucking of Miami, Okla., to demolish 156 homes.
DT Specialized Services Inc. sued the trust on April 22,
alleging it violated the Open Meeting Act and the Competitive
Bidding Act.
According to the suit, DT Specialized Services' bid was
$558,988, followed by Midwest Wrecking's $861,671 bid, a $1.4
million bid by K&N Wrecking, and Stone's bid of $2.1 million
Attorney general's office spokesman Charlie Price says the trust
is discussing its options.


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