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The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
In attendance for the meeting were Commissioner Chairman Shane Tomlinson, Vice-Chairman Commissioner Gilbert Wilson, Commissioner Marvin Dale, County Clerk Christie Henry, Sheriff Tony Head, Court Clerk April Maxey, Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon, and EMS Director Randy Bryant.
The Wardville Fire Department received three bids for the 2005 Ford F-550 cab and chassis.
The first bid was from JC Fincher in the amount of $2,377.77. The second from Jeff Armstrong for $1,801.00. The third bid was a little difficult for the Commissioners due to the name not being printed on the paperwork. The third bid was from Derrick Spencer and was accepted at $2,600.00
County Clerk Christie Henry called the bidder during the meeting, but was not able to reach anyone.
The Wardville Fire Department and Commissioners accepted the third bid offer and will make arrangements to identify the party.
Each district and office received their monthly appropriations. District One received $60,988.09; District Two received $49,008.42; and District Three received $55,179.48; however none of the money was for their maintenance and operations fund from the Highway Department.
“It was a bad bad month for the county when you receive no funds from the Highway Department,” Henry commented.
The Commissioners approved moving funds from their maintenance and operations fund into the lease accounts.
District One moved $11,621.13; District Two moved $7,685.28; and District Three moved $1,376.82 to cover lease payments.
The Sheriff’s Department received $48,700.65. The Commissioners approved a new hire for the department. Trevor Dean has been granted a Deputy commission with the Atoka County Sheriff’s Office.
District Three laid gravel and replaced tin horns on Big Slough Road. Birch Creek Road received drainage work and gravel.
District Two replaced asphalt on Boggy Depot Road for $11,585.24. In the same district, Sawmill, Allison, and Cottonwood Roads were repaired with drainage work and gravel for $14,390.55.
District One’s resolution for a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant was approved. The grant will be used for oil and chip repair on the necessary roads.
Jolene Lang was added to the financial banking accounts for the Treasurer Office. Lang is a new hire for the Treasurer’s Office and will start work soon. She was approved as a receiving officer for the office.
The Courthouse and Sheriff’s Department are having camera issues. Due to the age, of the cameras, parts are not available. The system needs to be upgraded.
Sheriff Tony Head was contacted by the USDA in regards to a grant. He plans to bring the details of the grant and quotes for the camera upgrades to the next meeting.
To offset the challenge of dead cameras, jailhouse staff are on constant patrol. Henry will bring a quote to replace the jailhouse cameras for the Sheriff in the next meeting.
The courthouse now has WIFI. The upgrade will help with camera installation.
Masks are now mandatory for anyone entering the courthouse. The courthouse will provide masks to the public and each office is allowed to set guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing.
EMS Director Randy Bryant advised the commissioners that his staff will also being wearing masks for any and all contact with patients.