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The Atoka County Commissioners meeting was held Monday, September 28, 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, Treasurer Kim Harkey, Assessor Joe McClour, Sheriff Tony Head, Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant.
The Commissioners began the meeting by approving the blanket purchase orders for District Two and the Atoka County Health Department.
The purchase orders for District Two included supplies, fuel, and gravel. The Atoka County Health Department was approved for items that included Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) travel, pest control, supplies, and janitorial services.
The Atoka County EMS has received another reimbursement check from the Southern Oklahoma Development Authority (SODA) in the amount of $3,840.00. The Board will serve as a pass through to insure the funds are directed back to the EMS.
Two checks from the City of Atoka were approved for deposit. The checks were for gravel from District Three in the amounts of $420.00 and $140.00.
District One received $1022.40 for scrap metal recycling.
The meeting moved forward with no non-compliance purchase orders this week.
The painting of the courthouse inlets and columns took another step towards completion.
A paint representative has examined the chalky areas and will be sending a proposal outlining the best way to approach the problems so that Sheriff Tony Head’s work crew can begin.
Austin Golden has been granted a Deputy commission from the Board. Golden is a new hire for the Sheriff’s Department.
Amanda Thompson has been approved to join the Atoka County Fair Board.
The commissioners approved an Oklahoma Department of Transportation 324a form for the Bethel Road Project. The road has a bridge that has been closed.
District One has been hard at work on South Coal Springs Road. The road was cleaned out and had gravel laid. The total for the amount of work was $15,272.32.
The commissioner proceedings for July and August were approved for publication.
Treasurer Kim Harkey informed the Board she is ready to submit claims for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. Harkey will submit claims once a week on Thursdays. The Atoka County EMS and Harkey’s office began submitting claims for reimbursement last Thursday, September 24th.
The main gas line into the courthouse needs repairing. The project will require concrete to be broken up to gain access to the line.
The commissioners received two bids on the project. A third bid was requested, however, the company never responded.
The first bid was from John Miller for JM Mechanical in the amount of $6,500. The second bid was from William Smith for Wilco Plumbing in the amount of $5,860.
The bid from Wilco Plumbing for $5,860 was accepted. Vice-Chairman Commissioner Gilbert Wilson abstained from the voting.
EMS Director Randy Bryant advised the Board about the success of the new equipment.
“The new equipment is making a big impact, “ Bryant said. “We’ve not had to decline anyone due to cardiac monitor or ventilator services.”
While the equipment is helping the EMS fleet is down by one. The ambulances have had some significant breakdowns with one ambulance being out of commission due to needing transmission repairs.
Emergency management Director Derrick Mixon updated the Board on the current Covid numbers.
Atoka County has seen 302 cases of Covid with 254 recoveries, and 46 active cases.
Vice-Chairman Commissioner Gilbert Wilson relayed the request to fly the courthouse flags at half staff. The flags will remain at half staff in honor of the late Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Jeff Sewell until after his funeral on Thursday, October 1, 2020.