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The Atoka County Commissioners meeting was held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Due to Monday, May 25th, being Memorial Day the meeting was moved.
In attendance were: Chairman Shane Tomlinson, Commissioners Marvin Dale and Gilbert Wilson, County Clerk Christie Henry, Sheriff Tony Head, Court Clerk April Maxey, Treasurer Kim Harkey, County Election Board Secretary Racheal Feuerhelm, and from the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Extension Office Harold Stephens.
County Clerk Christie Henry advised the Commissioners about a check for a class settlement in the amount of $9,367.66 from Comp Source Mutual Insurance. Henry stated they were not involved in a settlement and she was not comfortable letting the Commissioners sign the check for deposit until more research on the company could be completed.
The Courthouse will be re-opening Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the public. All offices have been provided with thermometers that were acquired with the help of the Oklahoma Health Department.
The Election Board office and the OSU extension office does not have sneeze-guards installed. Racheal Feuerhelm, Election Board Secretary, advised the Commissioners her office would not need them until early voting near the end of June. Henry commented that visitors to her office would require masks.
With the new regulations and preventative measures in place the Commissioners voted two yea (Tomlinson and Dale) and one nay (Wilson). Commissioner Wilson did not feel it was a good time to re-open.
The Commissioners approved the invitation to bid on commonly used items. This agenda item appears every six months for supplies needed within the districts.
Henry advised the Commissioners they would begin receiving monthly reports from Court Clerk April Maxey due to her office collecting a fee for records management and preservation.
Treasurer Kim Harkey announced the June tax sale will continue. Harkey will block off the parking area next to her office window and conduct the sale from there.
Sheriff Tony Head advised the Commissioners that the department will be looking for bids to update the jail camera system. Sheriff Head stated he would reach out to the Choctaw Nation for additional funding.
Feuerhelm updated the meeting about her steps to social distance voters. Absentee applications were mailed out on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Feuerhelm asked that the barriers be installed in her office before early voting will begin. There are four employees in her office, voters will be limited to six or less inside at once.
The Election Board will also be taking donations for new pens. Voters will be given a pen to keep or throw away. Due to the pens being hard to disinfect this was the simplest solution. Feuerhelm will reach out to the State Election Board for supplies as well.