The Delaware County commissioners approved a resolution on Monday, June 26, to consolidate all the southern Delaware County water boards into one main water authority.

The South Delaware County Regional Water Authority will have a representative from all the individual community water boards that are located in the southern part of the county, said Doug Smith, county commissioner chairman (District 1) after the meeting.

The communities include Flint Ridge, Leach, Colcord and Kansas.

The area is “water infrastructure,” Smith said. Work includes laying new water lines in that area.

“The project came in $1 million under what they thought they were going to cost,” said Barbara Barnes, Delaware County clerk after the meeting.

Several items were approved as part of ending the fiscal year. Those include a hazard mitigation grant program documentation for a FEMA project, resolutions for lease/purchase renewals for the Delaware County rural fire departments and transfer funds from the county to the trust and agency fund and reappointment of Gary Buchanan to the Northeast Oklahoma Community Action partnership.

The commissioners approved items for District No. 2, including contracts for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and the appointment of Stan Weaver as first deputy. The list of officers approved includes Russell Martin, requisitioning and Mike Kirby and Weaver, receiving and inventory.

In financial matters, the commissioners approved transferring $55,523.47 from a District No. 3 FEMA account to its highway cash maintenance and operations account and transfer $375 from the Human Resources travel account to the maintenance and operations account.

A transportation claim by the Office of Juvenile Affairs for $1,707.46 and a $5,550 invoice to the Craig County Sheriff’s office for housing inmates in April were approved. Barnes said the reason for paying the April invoice in June is that the original invoice was lost.

No action was taking on an invoice from Morehead Construction for a Tia Juana Fire Department construction project because the commissioners need to receive the inspection reports, Barnes said.

The commissioners also approved to accept all the bids for road materials for the highway departments for six months, and from Paper Clip, a Fort Smith, Ark., company for cleaning and paper products and with Unifirst Uniform Services for uniforms.

Agreements were approved with the state Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services Division for trapping menacing animals and with Eastern Oklahoma Youth Services for Juvenile Detention Services.

The commissioners also approved a $75 bid submitted by Joe Hutchison for a piece of Jay property not sold at a tax roll sale.

The commissioners also approved:

• to forward a tort claim to the county’s insurer for damages to a windshield.

• to declare a Leach Fire Department 1993 Chevy three-quarter ton 4 x 4 truck as surplus equipment and advertise for sealed bids.

• utility permits for Bolt for the placement of buried cable in District No. 1 and for a road bore cut for 45655 County Road 587 in Jay located in District No. 2.

The next meeting is 9 a.m., Monday, July 3 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.