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The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
In attendance for the meeting were: Chairman Commissioner 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 commissioners approved payroll and the blanket purchases which included: $300 in fuel from Rector’s Handy Mart for the Crystal Fire Department, $500 from Atoka Auto Parts, and $1,200 to Fugate Rock for District One.
Perpetual easements for the Miller Road project were granted. One for the amount of $1,000 and a second for $9,811.
The board agreed to move $3,437.11 into District Three’s account for lease payments.
An employee of District Two may have been exposed to COVID. The employee is currently in quarantine for the next 14 days as a precaution. The county will continue to cover employee pay during the isolation period.
The Caney Fire Department officers for 2020-2021 are: Michael Harkey, Summer Ladd, Eugene Woolf, and Jessica Crites.
Daisy Fire Chief Kalin Singleton requested approval from the commissioners to apply for a forestry grant.
The grant would allow the fire department to replace a rescue vehicle that needs constant mechanical work. The new vehicle will allow the fire department to tow a side by side if needed.
A resolution with the match amount will be available at the next meeting. The commissioners approved the request.
District Two completed gravel and grade work on Windy Lane, Briar Lane, Webster Lane, Prairie Road, and Crestview Road in the amount of $7,808.36.
The monthly appropriations were divided between the county offices.
The general fund received $45,807.57. The CBRI fund received $15,749.73 which gave each district $5,249.91. The Highway cash fund which is divided among the districts was $226,921.14.
District One received: $60,000 for personal service; $753.55 for travel; $13,858.67 for lease payments; and $29,747.95 for maintenance and operations. A portion of the maintenance and operation deposit will be for the Goss School Road project.
District Two received: $40,000 for personal service; $753.55 for travel; $10,940.17 for lease payments; and $5,957.12 for maintenance and operations.
District Three received: $54,000 for personal service; $753.55 for travel; $10,156.58 for lease payments; and $0 for maintenance and operations.
The Sheriff’s Department received $49,623.89 in sales tax, and $14,965.07 for fees. $1,056.27 will be allocated for courthouse security.
The hospital received $110,463.78 in sales tax; the Treasurer’s resale account received $16,025.66; and $27,245.40 went into the Use Tax Fund.
EMS Director Randy Bryant spoke to the commissioners about the need for emergency equipment.
“Right now, we are in desperate need of cardiac monitors.” Bryant said. “We had two functioning monitors. They were out of date, but working. Now we only have one, and half the systems on it does not work properly.”
Currently, County EMS has one cardiac monitor/defibrillator on loan from the Bryan County EMS, and another machine that is able to be a defibrillator but not a monitor.
The Atoka County EMS uses these machines to determine if a patient is having a heart attack and the level of care needed, for example which hospital to go to. The machines will allow EMS to shock the heart and monitor it.
Commissioner Dale asked Bryant if the hospital could help with the purchase of the machines. Bryant explained the hospital was unable to help, and had been asked previously for help with ventilators.
Bryant explained how necessary the cardiac monitors are to have in the ambulances, and that Bryan County could take the one on loan back at any time.
“We’re talking about lives without that equipment,” Commissioner Wilson expressed concern in helping the EMS. “If I’m having a heart attack I want you to have one [cardiac monitor].”
The commissioners agreed to use funds allocated for courthouse beautification supplied by the Choctaw Nation Community Partnership fund to put towards the purchase of two LifePak 15 monitor/defibrillator cardiac machines in the amount of $25,000.