Delaware County Commissioners heard updates concerning county business and discussed bids for fire departments as well as other items during their weekly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Here are four things to know from this week's meeting:

Updates

Commissioners heard updates from Grand Gateway as well as from the Citizen's Committee on Solid Waste.

Ed Crone, Grand Gateway director, gave commissioners a general update of project with which the Grand Gateway organization is assisting: a new water plant in Rural Water District 11 in south Delaware County.

Crone said the next step in the project would be putting out bids for construction and that those bids would go out in April of this year.

Ken Purdy, who works with the Northeast Oklahoma Solid Waste Institute, spoke to the board Tuesday as a representative of the committee assigned to research a plan for the county's solid waste disposal.

Purdy said the committee continues to make good progress but would postpone public input meetings until the Solid Waste Authority replaced its general manager permanently.

Former general manager Kent Vice resigned from the post at the beginning of January.

Fire department bids

Commissioners addressed a number of bids for county fire departments including sirens and one vehicle.

The board approved the advertising of sealed bids warning sirens for two fire departments: two sirens for the Lakemont Shores Fire Department and three sirens for the Monkey Island Fire Department.

Both bids include an activation box for each set of sirens.

Commissioners also voted to open sealed bids for a used pumper truck for the Lakemont Shores Fire Department. The board did not receive any bids.

Members of the fire department will approve the winning bid at a later date.

Detention claims

The board approved two detention claims during Tuesday's meeting.

Those claims are: $1,325 from Craig County Regional Detention Center and $734.04 from Oklahoma's Office of Juvenile Affairs.

Permit refund

Commissioners approved a utility permit refund to Darrel Dollarhide.

The permit refund, $1,000, comes from extra funds in a completed project in District 1.

Next Meeting

The commission’s next meeting will take place at 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 23, at the Delaware County Courthouse in Jay. The meetings are open to the public.