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The Atoka County Commissioners meeting was held Monday, October, 26, 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, Sheriff Tony Head, Treasurer Kim Harkey, Assessor Joe McClour, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant, and County Election Board Secretary Racheal Feuerhelm.
The Board began by approving blanket purchases for District Three, the Atoka County Health Department, and the Sheriff’s Office.
There were eight non-compliance purchase orders that were approved. “It’s getting better,” County Clerk Christie Henry commented.
The Commissioners have approved the purchase of 81 slots with Air-Med for the employees of Atoka County. The slots will be available should an employee need emergency transport via medical air. The cost of the 81 slots was $5,330.00.
Election Board Secretary Racheal Feuerhelm approached the Board with a request to assist financially with the cost of sanitizing the County’s polling places.
Feuerhelm advised the board that the total cost would be more than $18,000. The cost will be reimbursed 100% from the State Election Board Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, however, the cost must be encumbered before the reimbursement can be given.
The cost of sanitation and placing a micro-barrier is $750 per precinct. Feuerhelm is requesting to have the services completed twice; once before voting begins, and a second time after voting ends. The micro-barrier will last up to 30 days.
The Election board will provide hand sanitizer at the voting booths, and rented an air purifier for early voting.
The Board approved Feuerhelm’s request. The sanitation costs will be deducted from the Use Tax fund.
Commissioner Gilbert Wilson’s agenda item to discuss opening a section line at Dottie’s Lane was tabled until the next meeting. The item will be discussed further after more research will be completed.
The 2020-2021 fiscal list of officer’s for the Sheriff’s Office are: for requisitioning – Candice Smith and Tony Taylor; for receiving – Caroline Weeden and Mary Golden.
Jessica Hunt’s resignation from the Atoka County Fair Board was accepted. Hunt’s letter of resignation stated the monthly meetings were not feasible with her current schedule.
The Board approved a resolution to pay a yearly Atoka County Employee safety award. The award is available to active full-time and permanent part-time employees who have worked 90 days or more and a minimum of 20 hours per week.
The safety award will be in the amount of $250 per eligible employee. Elected officials are not permitted to receive the award.
The September Commissioner proceedings were approved for publication.
A special apportionment was accepted by the Board to transfer funds from the Daisy Fire Department to District One. The funds, $6,109.10, is for a water line issue at the Goss School Road project.
Commissioner Marvin Dale explained there may be more requests for special apportionments, in the future, due to the flow of funds on the project being slightly behind the work that has been completed.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant updated the Board on the condition of the County EMS ambulances.
“We had another catastrophic ambulance breakdown. We have it in the shop now.” Bryant said, “We are working on boosting our membership program as well.”
Sheriff Tony Head advised the Board about his issues with the cameras at the jail.
Due to the camera problems the jail has seen more disciplinary issues with the current inmates. Sheriff Head informed the Board about a door that was damaged.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation would be paying the jail a visit to investigate theft from a kiosk (a type of vending machine similar to an ATM) in the jail lobby.
The Sheriff is recollecting quotes for the Board to discuss at the next meeting to have the cameras upgraded and repaired.
Painting on the jail has been stalled due to weather. The rented lift was returned, and the west side of the jail has been painted with primer.
County Clerk Henry informed the Board she has not made the trip to Oklahoma City as of yet to turn in the levies to the State auditor. She is optimistic she can make the trip this week as she is only waiting on one school at this time.