Oklahoma officials defend stimulus work

BY RANDY ELLIS Published: December 7, 2009
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’s been really a pleasure to work with everybody. They just treat me like anybody else.”

Glover & Associates has been awarded 20 Oklahoma Department of Transportation projects in 10 counties since the beginning of 2008 and has completed work on 10 of them. Two of the projects involve stimulus funds — an Interstate 40 asphalt resurfacing project in Sequoyah and Muskogee counties and an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. 270B in Hughes County.

Norman Hill, general counsel for the state Transportation Department, said highway transportation work done by Glover & Associates has been regularly inspected by state transportation employees and outside contract supervisors.

"Thus far there have been no issues with regard to performance other than the normal things we run into with contractors,” Hill said.

Hill also noted that legal documents indicate Craig Glover’s dad has no involvement with the new company.

Meanwhile, legal action is pending regarding the highway department’s decision to suspend George Paul Glover and Glover Construction Co. from bidding on state highway projects.

George Paul Glover filed a lawsuit in Muskogee County and successfully persuaded a judge to lift the bidding ban.

The highway department appealed, however, and the suspension remains in place until the Oklahoma State Supreme Court resolves the dispute, Hill said.

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