Pontotoc County Commissioners voted Monday to notify Oklahoma Department of Transportation the county would not be accepting potentially hazardous cross town beams used in constructing bridges.

“It sounded like a good deal but when we got down to it and got to checking, we’re not sure it was such a good deal,” said District One Commissioner Gary Starns.

He said the commissioners’ main concern was that the beams were covered in lead-based paint that would have to be removed.

District Two Commissioner Danny Davis said hauling, storage and clean-up costs for the beams would be more expensive than purchasing beams from a contractor.

“We saw that and didn’t want to approve it with that in there,” Starns said.  “That’s why we’re rescinding the minutes.”

Commissioners voted to accept a bid from Jimmy Pingleton Homes for renovations of Pontotoc County Agri-Plex’s kitchen for $26,016.28.

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