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The Atoka County commissioners held their weekly meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The courthouse was closed on Monday for a holiday.
In attendance for the meeting were: Chairman Commissioner Shane Tomlinson, Vice-Chairman Gilbert Wilson, Commissioner Marvin Dale, County Clerk Christie Henry, Treasurer Kim Harkey, Assessor Joe McClour, Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant.
There were no blanket purchases or non-compliance purchase orders for the commissioners.
A Jailer and Dispatcher commission has been approved for Brad Reasor and Michael Bassett with the Atoka County Sheriff’s Office.
The annual contract for the Assessor’s office with Miller Office has been renewed. Miller Office services the Assessor’s copier for $418.70 per year.
The Atoka County EMS has been given the go ahead, by the county, to apply for a State funded grant. The grant is available yearly for an amount up to $100,000 for equipment, education, etc. The grant applications will be scored and the top ten selected.
The commissioners approved compensation for land with the Miller Road Bridge project in District One. One was in the amount of $3,400 and a second for $13,135. Due to the county name being printed incorrectly, the commissioners approved the forms, but will hold off on signing the documents until the error is fixed.
The bridge project also required surveying in the amount of $4,100.
Bethel Road has a bridge closed over North Boggy Creek in District One. Surveying was done for the work in the amount of $3,500.
The 2020-2021 Budget overview was approved to be released to the Certified Public Account (CPA).
The commissioners approved the transfer of funds into the Highway Fund for the commissioner secretary salary. The Excise Board voted to approve budgeting within the general fund to pay the salary.
County Clerk Christie Henry informed the board that the transfer should be the last due to the Excise board approval.
The main gas line has been replaced and tested with the repairs being successful.
There have been 360 positive cases of Covid-19 in Atoka County; 307 have recovered leaving 52 active cases per Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon’s update to the board.
Henry advised the board that she will be working with the Treasurer and Assessor to set the levies for the school districts. Once the levies have been set the budgets will be submitted to the state auditor. Taxpayers have 15 days after the levies have been submitted to the state to protest the levies.
Treasurer Kim Harkey advised the board on how the CARES Act reimbursements are going.
Atoka County is eligible for $751,378.04 in reimbursements. Currently, the County has received $720,728.00.
A resolution will be drafted to disburse those funds to the appropriate county departments.
The commissioners approved the monthly appropriations for dispersal among the departments.
The Highway Department received $248,281.48.
District One deposited $62,000 into personal service; $753.55 for travel; $11,831.30 for lease payments; $3,167.15 for maintenance and operations; and received $15,271.08 for county improvements road and bridge (CIRB).
District Two deposited $35,000 into personal service; $753.55 for travel; $10,940.17 for lease payments; $11,707.50 for maintenance and operations; and received $15,271.09 for county improvements road and bridge (CIRB).
District Three deposited $45,000 into personal service; $753.55 for travel; $13,593.69 for lease payments; $6,967.76 for maintenance and operations; and received $15,271.09 for county improvements road and bridge (CIRB).
The Atoka Memorial Hospital received $111,715.95 in sales tax. The Choctaw Community Partnership received $16,800.
Sheriff fees deposited $1,186.71 for courthouse security; the maintenance and operations plus payroll received a total of $16,134.57. The Sheriff’s Department received $50,208.24 in sales tax, and the stray cattle fund received 36 cents in interest.
Emergency 911 received $10,623.53 for cell phone charges and $1,217.92 for landlines. The Use Tax fund received $38,196.16.