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The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, December 14, 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, Assessor Joe McClour, Treasurer Kim Harkey, Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon, and Emergency Medical Services Director Randy Bryant.
The meeting began with the approval of blanket purchases, and signing of checks.
Blanket purchases included Walmart, Pruitt’s Oil, and Fugate; also the Sheriff’s monthly expenses to maintain the jail that included: Flower’s Bakery, Granger Pest Control, Texoma Janitorial, ComData, Town and County, and Walmart.
The Board signed two checks. The first was from the Choctaw Nation for the Goss School Road project in the amount of $171,340.10. The second check was from the Association of County Commissioners in the amount of $13,252 for an insurance reimbursement from a Sheriff Office vehicle that was damaged in a wreck.
The Board approved the payroll for county employees, and the Court Clerk’s monthly report.
The November Commissioner proceedings were approved for publication.
In last week’s meeting, Sheriff Tony Head advised the Board of the condition of the heaters in the jailhouse.
While two of the five heaters were repaired after completely going out, the other three were soon to fail.
Sheriff Head collected two quotes for the Commissioners’ consideration. The first was from Henderson’s Heat and Air in the amount of $8,250, and the second quote was from Rector’s Heat and Air in the amount of $5,300.
The Commissioners approved and accepted the bid from Rector’s Heat and Air for $5,300 to repair the last three heaters in the jail.
Beginning the first of January, county employees will be a part of the Atoka County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) membership. The membership will cover transportation in an ambulance for employees and household (immediate) family members.
The Board approved a motion to purchase membership slots from the Atoka County EMS from the Use Tax Fund.
The employee would be covered for the transport as long as employment could be verified.
The Medical Health Board approved a 10% discount for group purchases of 100 or more by the County. The membership lasts for 12 month from the date of purchase.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Randy Bryant updated the Board on how the County EMS is doing.
“All four ambulances or going, and we’re able to cover the whole county,” Bryant said. “We’re working on getting bids on ambulances, because ours are getting up there in mileage and use.”
Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon gave the county Covid numbers. Atoka County has seen 1,039 positive cases, 884 recoveries, and currently there are 155 active cases.
Mixon advised the Board the Choctaw Nation donated 30,000 masks to the county. He has been working with Bryant to distribute the masks, and so far they have 21,000 masks. The Directors will begin handing the other 9,000 masks out to the citizens of Atoka County.
The County received 20 bids for their six month bidding for services that include asphalt, road oil, gravel, grader blades, and tin horns that were opened at the end of the meeting.
The bids were from the following companies: Mullins; Kirby Smith Equipment; Direct Discount Tire; Roger Key Equipment; JOB Construction; Raymond Thompson of APAC; Mobile Crushing Incorporated; Troy Service; Vanee Brothers Incorporated; Eragon Asphalt; NTNSM LLC.;
Mid-State Materials; Wright Asphalt; Overland; KMB Trucking; Dolese Brothers; Cummins Construction; Dub Ross; Coastal Energy; and Asphalt and Fuel Supply.
The Board approved the bids for the lowest and best at time of service needed.