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The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Commissioner Chairman Shane Tomlinson, Vice-Chairman Gilbert Wilson, Commissioner Marvin Dale, County Clerk Christy Henry, Sheriff Tony Head, Treasurer Kim Harkey, Assessor Joe McClour, Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Director Randy Bryant were in attendance for the morning meeting.
After the bypass reading of the last meeting minutes the Board moved ahead to approve the in-compliance purchase orders.
In-compliance purchase orders that were approved include: Hopewell Fire Department’s purchase of fuel from Pruitt’s Oil for $200.00; Harmony Fire Department’s purchase of fuel from the Atoka Fuel Stop for $500.00; and a $1,200.00 gravel purchase for District One from Fugate Rock.
The non-compliance purchase orders were approved. The majority of the purchases were for the Daisy, Farris, and Harmony Fire Departments. The Sheriff’s Department had non-compliance purchase orders. All purchase orders were approved by the Commissioners.
Commissioner Gilbert Wilson asked County Clerk Christie Henry if the issue stems from items being purchased and then a purchase order being requested the next day.
“Some of them are, however, some are major…two to three days later. Some have purchased all month long and do not call in a purchase order until the end of the month.” Henry said.
The Commissioner’s approved payroll for the departments. The Election Board’s monthly report was approved.
A right of way land purchase in the amount of $4,022.55 was accepted for District One on the Miller Road Bridge Project.
The Atoka County Health Department amended their requisitioning and receiving officers. For receiving it will be Stephanie Annett, and requisitioning will be Reeva Crawford.
Daniel Peel has been granted a commission by the Board for the Atoka Sheriff Department to be a dispatcher and jailer.
A tin horn collapsed on Old Daisy Road in District One. The District was able to replace the tin horn in the amount of $4,995.28.
Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon updated the Commissioners with the number of COVID cases in Atoka County.
Atoka County has seen 243 cases of COVID. There are currently 84 active cases. The Howard McLeod Correctional Center has 72 of the active cases.
“The county is running low on masks. We won’t be getting anymore from the State.” Mixon advised. The County is still able to get five gallon buckets of hand sanitizer from the Durant Fire Department.
Sheriff Tony Head informed the Board that there is a work crew available to begin repainting the fire lanes and handicap parking spaces.
The Commissioners agreed to start with painting the fire lanes and handicap parking spaces then move on to painting the Courthouse and Jail.
With the Downtown area receiving an update, the Commissioners stated it was time to do the same to the Courthouse.
The Board will speak to the color selection committee about the color of paint to be used on the exterior of the Courthouse. Once the color is confirmed, the Courthouse and Jail will get a fresh coat of paint.
The deadline for reimbursement from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds is drawing near.
The Commissioners will address applying for the funds during their meeting next week, and appoint a representative.