The Delaware County Commissioners met in executive session on Monday, May 15, for around 15 minutes discussing a federal lawsuit filed against the county.

The case filed in the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa involves Christopher and Claire White. The couple seeks more than $1.5 million in damages after they were charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty based on a search warrant filed by a former Delaware County Sheriff’s deputy Sean Meador.

Those charges dropped after Meador admitted to making false statements on a search warrant in another animal cruelty case.

The county commissioners announced during the open portion of the meeting they took no action during executive session regarding the federal lawsuit.

Other business

In other business, the commissioners approved Grand Telephone Company six utility permits for road bores.

The locations are in District No. Two and are located at the intersection of Czeskleba Avenue, the intersections of Port Rae Road and Morrow Point and 430 Morrow Drive and a separate locations of 300 and 323 Morrow Drive.

They also approved a Northeast Rural Services utility permit application for the placement of buried fiber cable near Grove.

In financial matters, the commissioners approved a contract between Creek County Juvenile Detention Center. County Commission Chairman Doug Smith (District 1) said cost was $39.39 a day.

An Oklahoma Department of Transportation form for $73,000 for a used 2011 Volvo smooth drum roller with pad shell kit for District No. 3 was approved and the commissioners approved to advertise for sealed bids for paper and cleaning products, annual election ballots and annual extermination services.

Also approved was the change to an inventory number on a John Deere tractor that was declared surplus at a previous meeting. 

The next meeting is 9 a.m., Monday, May 22 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.