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The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, instead of Monday, at 10:00 a.m. The courthouse was closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
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, County Assessor Joe McClour, Election Board Secretary Racheal Feuerhelm, and Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon.
The meeting began with the in-compliance purchase orders. There was one blanket purchase for District Three for gravel in the amount of $1,500.00 from Rebecca or Tony Goodson.
There were 15 non-compliance purchase orders that the Board approved. County Clerk Christie Henry extended a thank you to the Departments that had met with her to rectify the issue of non-compliance purchase orders.
The Board approved the transfer of funds in the Highway account for lease payments. District Three received $14,564.12 for lease payments.
District One will be sending a dump truck to the Circuit Engineering Auction to sell.
District Two has been working to repair roads in the district. Roads that saw repairs include: Milk Lane, Bethany Road, Prairie Road, and Skylark Road in the amount of $4,689.70.
The Board approved a County Bridge invoice for District One. The District replaced boards on Miller Bridge in the amount of $2,700.48.
The monthly appropriations were approved for the county.
Henry remarked on the increase in tax revenue for the county. “The money actually looked pretty good this month. Our sales tax were up.”
The Sheriff’s Department received $52,828.14 in sales tax. The jail operating fee received $241.50. The Sheriff Office Fees received $1,373.68 for courthouse security. The Sheriff’s Maintenance and Operations and Payroll accounts received a total of $14,610.75.
The Highway Department received $374,957.70. The funds will be divided between the Districts.
District One will deposit $60,000 into personal service; $753.55 for travel; $13,858.67 for lease payments; and $117,488.52 into maintenance and operations. The Goss School Road Project will receive $121,147.50.
District Two will deposit $40,000 into personal service; $753.55 for travel; $10,940.17 for lease payments; and $15,435.20 for maintenance and operations.
District Three will deposit $48,000 into personal service; $753.55 for travel; $13,593.69 for lease payments; and $3,592.85 into maintenance and operations.
Each District will receive an additional $16,595.99. The money will be deposited into an account named County Improvement Road and Bridges (CIRB), and will be for one year.
The County Bridge and Road Improvement fund received $16,786.85. It will be divided among the Districts with one receiving $5,595.61 and the other two receiving $5,595.61.
The Use Tax fund received $32,585.20. The County’s General Fund received $20,504.72. The sales tax paid to the Atoka County Medical Center was $117,602.13.
Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon updated the Board on the COVID cases in Atoka County. The County has seen 168 cases with 123 recoveries. There are currently 45 active cases of COVID in the County with 31 of the cases being at the Howard McLeod Correctional Center.
Election Board Secretary Racheal Feuerhelm informed the Commissioners the results for the run-off election for State Senate District Five held.
The recount in the five counties remained the same with George Burns taking the win to face Randy Coleman in the November election.
Due to the recount results the Irregularities Meeting was dismissed. Feuerhelm reminded the Board that October 9, 2020 is the last date to register to vote for the November election.
Henry informed the Board that her office has started to receive school budgets. With the budgets coming in she is able to start setting levies.
Henry is collecting information from the various Departments to apply for CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) reimbursement funds.
She has spoken to the District Attorney regarding the deferral of federal taxes from employee paychecks. More information will be available at the next commissioner meeting