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The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
Chairman Commissioner Shane Tomlinson, Vice-Chairman Commissioner Gilbert Wilson, Commissioner Marvin Dale, County Clerk Christie Henry, Sheriff Tony Head, Treasurer Kim Harkey, Court Clerk April Maxey, County Assessor Joe McClour, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant were in attendance at the morning meeting.
The Board began the meeting by approving the blanket purchases which included Fugate Rock, Walmart, and Pruitt Fuel. The blanket purchase for supplies to paint the courthouse and jail have been exhausted, the Board will open a new blanket in the amount of $1,500.
Non-compliance purchase orders were approved. There were only three this week and the reason for non-compliance is purchases made before encumbering a purchase order.
A topic of conversation during the meeting last week was the observance of Columbus Day. Due to the holiday being declared federally, the Board cannot change the name entirely. After a thorough discussion the Board agreed to add “Indigenous Persons Day” to Columbus Day in honor of the tribes settled in Oklahoma and Atoka County.
The reimbursement for the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act has been received by the County. The Board will set aside $23,000 to be deposited into the General Maintenance and Operations fund. County Departments that have requested funds will have them dispersed much like the monthly appropriations.
A special appropriation was approved for the County Election Board to receive a $10,051 donation from FaceBook creator Mark Zuckerberg due to the time limit the funds can be spent.
The Board approved the Treasurer and Election Board monthly reports, and approved the estimate of needs and budget to be published.
The Atoka County Health Department was approved to enter a contract with Shred-It. The cost will depend on the amount needing to be shredded.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant updated the Board on how his department is preforming.
“Call volume is up. The Covid, respiratory, calls have gone up as well,” Bryant said. “The State is no longer giving out supplies and ours are dwindling.”
County Clerk Christie Henry advised the Board she has received the last school joint levy on Friday, October 16th, and has passed them along to the Assessor and Treasurer for review.
Henry plans to drive the levy reports to Oklahoma City this week to ensure they reach their destination.