January 12th Vote Fairgrounds Bond Issue


Fairgrounds Bond Issue

An important election will be held January 12th, 2016 in Mayes County, with voting at all regular voting places. The current 1/4 cent sales tax for the construction of the Mayes County Courthouse will be paid off soon. The County Commissioners are proposing to continue the 1/4 cent tax for construction of a new $20 million Arena and improvements at the fairgrounds, including a 1/8th cent Permanent sales tax, to fund maintenance of all county buildings.


This project cost estimate is based on estimated unit costs per type of area to be built. The estimated costs were determined with a broad understanding of the design elements and work required to complete each similar construction type.

Description Sq. Footage Cost / SF Budget

1 Building Demolition – Agriculture Bldg. 12,580 S.F. $3.80 $47,804
2 Building Demolition – Exhibit Building 12,500 S.F. $3.50 $43,750
3 Bldg. Demo. Concession (Pork Chop bldg) 1,500 S.F. $3.80 $5,700
4 Building Demolition – Restrooms 800 S.F. $3.80 $3,040
5 Event Center 32,000 S.F. $135.00 $4,320,000
6 Arena – East sidewalkways and stands 28,762 S.F. $80.00 $2,300,960
7 Arena – Dirt show arena 45,285 S.F. $85.00 $3,849,225
8 Arena West side – Livestock area 12,506 S.F. $50.00 $625,3009
9 Arena West side – Livestock area with
wash bays and restrooms 9,258 S.F. $85.00 $786,930
10 Existing Barn Renovation 24,816 S.F. $9.00 $223,344
11 Existing Cover Renovation 22,900 S.F. $9.00 $206,100
12 Existing Show Arena Renovation 15,750 S.F. $9.00 $141,750
13 Existing Animal Cover and Wash Bay –
East Renovation 11,475 S.F. $9.00 $103,275
New Animal cover and Wash Bay – West
Expansion 11,475 S.F. $50.00 $573,750
15 Main Entry Icon 1 EA $30,000.00 $30,000
16 East and West Entry Icons 2 EA $20,000.00 $40,000
17 Center Pedestrian Gathering Place 1 EA $20,000.00 $20,000
18 Existing Poultry Barn Renovation 3,000 S.F. $5.00 $15,000
19 Poultry Barn Addition 3,000 S.F. $40.00 $120,000
20 Site – North parking 29,360 S.F. $4.00 $117,440
21 Site – Paved Roadway 14,125 S.F. $4.00 $56,500
22 Site- East Parking 128,748 S.F. $2.00 $257,496
23 Site – Gravel Roadway 173,617 S.F. $2.00 $347,234
24 Site – Gravel and Crushed Fill Pedestrian
Walkways 115,514 S.F. $2.00 $347,234
25 Site – Concrete Sidewalk 6,261 S.F. $5.50 $34,436
26 Site – Landscaping (including FF&E) 1 EA $100,000 $100,000
27 Site – Trash Recycling Areas 21,678 S.F. $3.50 $75,873
28 RV Hook-ups 15 EA $1,000.00 $15,000
29 RV dump stations (300 gallon) 1 EA $5,000.00 $5,000
Sub Total $14,812,141
General Contractors Overhead and
Profit: 12% $1,777,457
Contingency: 7% $1,036,850
(FF&E) Furnishings, Fixtures and
Equipment 7% $1,036,850
Professional Fees 7% $1,233,851
Total Base Bid : $19,897,148


Event Center, Extension and Exhibit Existing Square Footage New Square Footage Differences
Extension Center 11,500
Exhibit Building 12,500
New Event Center 32,336
35% Increase 24,000 32,336 8,336

Poultry Barn Existing Square Footage New Square Footage Differences
Poultry (Red) Barn 3,000 3,000
Poultry Barn Expansion 3,000
100% Increase Livestock Area 3,000 6,000 3,000

Existing Livestock Complex Existing Square Footage New Square Footage Differences
Livestock Barns (5 PEAKS) 24,816 24,816
Warm-up Cover 22,900 22,900
Animal Cover and Wash Bay 11,475 11,475
New Cover & Wash Bay 11,475
New Livestock Barn area inside New Arena 21,764
56% Increase Livestock Area 59,191 92,430 33,239

Existing Show Barn and New Arena Existing Square Footage New Square Footage Differences
Existing Indoor Show Barn 15,750 15,750
Existing Concession Building 1,500
Existing Restrooms 800
New Arena- walkways, concessions and stands 28,762
New Arena – show arena (150 x 300) 45,285
397% Increase Show Arena Area 18,050 89,797 71,747

Our thanks to our friend, Kim Reeve, of BKL, Inc., project architects for the info. Kim was the principal architect on design of the new Mayes County Courthouse, constructed in 2002/03 at a cost of about $10.5 million including the parking (about $17-18 million cost today).

I have a full 65 page Project Report  (click to download). It gives much more information on the project, including building plans, and planning meeting minutes.

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Hope all of you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Judge Dean


About Judge Gary J Dean

I have practiced law in Pryor (Creek), Oklahoma, since graduation from the Oklahoma University College of Law. I served as a District Court Judge serving Mayes, Rogers, and Craig Counties until my retirement in 2010. Since my retirement I have served as a Mediator, and engaged in the private practice of law. My wife Tracey, and I have both been very active in civic affairs all of our lives. I had to cut back on this activity while on the bench. Tracey is very active in Rotary, and has served as an Assistant District Governor in Rotary International District 6110, and is a Past President of our Pryor club. We are both Rotary Paul Harris Foundation Fellows. I started this Blog because of serious wrongdoing in the community which I see. I would have had to keep quiet on these matters while a Judge. The purpose of this Blog is to provide a forum for discussion of community issues. Comments will remain uncensored, and unedited, except for unreasonably improper language. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. I sincerely hope all enjoy visiting this blog, and that it will provide a good forum for community issues.
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4 Responses to January 12th Vote Fairgrounds Bond Issue

  1. If downloading the full report, you DO NOT have to have a Dropbox account, just click the very bottom to proceed without an account. Hope ALL have a very Merry Christmas. Please post your comments, and invite friends to visit our site.


  2. REMEMBER, Tuesday, January 12th is election day. If you live in Mayes County, don’t forget to VOTE ! !


  3. Scot earp says:

    15 million dollars is a little ridiculous for 29 rv dumps, put in 3-4 connections on a 2000 gallon dump or two and save some money, we arent building an rv park wake up!


  4. Scot earp says:

    Nevermind, i misread, was reading line item number


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