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The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
In attendance for the meeting were Chairman Commissioner Shane Tomlinson, Vice-Chairman Commissioner Gilbert Wilson, Deputy County Clerk Gayla Waller, Treasurer Kim Harkey, Assessor Joe McClour, Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon, and District Court Judge Paula Inge.
County Clerk Christie Henry and Commissioner Marvin Dale were absent from the meeting.
After the bypass reading of the last week’s meeting minutes, the Board approved the in-compliance purchase orders.
The purchase orders were for District Two and District Three to Walmart for supplies. The Sheriff’s Office was approved for blanket purchases that included Walmart, Ritter’s, Granger Pest Control, Flower’s Bakery, Town and County, and Mullins to name a few.
There were no non-compliance purchase orders for the Board’s approval this week.
An item tabled from the previous week, action on centerline striping for 11 miles of 109A in Distrct Two, was revisited.
Commissioner Gilbert Wilson provided two quotes to the Board. The first was from Direct Traffic Control in the amount of $13,779.48. The second quote was from Advance for $15,681.60.
The Board approved the quote from Direct Traffic Control for $13,779.48 to stripe 109A for 11 miles.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant was unable to attend the meeting. His item to discuss EMS memberships for County employees was tabled once more.
The Election Board, Treasurer, and Court Clerk’s monthly reports were approved by the Commissioners.
Due to multiple positive cases of Covid, the courthouse had closed the previous week. The Board decided to reopen the halls of the courthouse to the public, however, the individual offices may remain closed.
The Commissioners plan to research the cost of a fogger to disinfect the courthouse and offices. With the numerous positive cases with county employees, the additional step to sanitize the courthouse will hopefully eradicate any lingering trace of Covid in the building.
Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon updated the Board on Covid cases in Atoka County.
Currently, Atoka County has 633 positive cases with 499 recoveries, and 131 active cases of Covid in Atoka County.
Governor Stitt released a new mandate moments after the meeting had concluded. Mixon posted the mandate for the public to view.
The mandate requires:
• Beginning Tuesday November, 17 – all state employees and visitors are required to wear masks
• Beginning Thursday, November 19 – all restaurants must set tables at least 6’ apart OR have appropriate dividers between tables.
All bars/restaurants must close indoor services at 11pm (curbside and delivery can continue past 11:00 p.m.)
Mixon stated the majority of the County is abnormally dry, and susceptible to grass fires.
“I want the Citizens to please contact the Sheriff’s office before starting a control burn.” Mixon said. “Notify them ahead of time.”