The Delaware County Commissioners discussed on Monday, Aug. 22, several acts of vandalism which occurred at two Jay buildings.

Funding of the Jay Community Center and the Jay Public Library are split between the county commissioners and the city of Jay, said Doug Smith (District 1), and commission chairman.

Jay Mayor Les Newkirk attending the meeting and expressed his concern over the problem.

“This is a great concern,” Smith said referring to vandalism to both buildings. “We have received lots of complaints.”

Commissioner Russell Martin (District 2) agreed.

“We are looking at installing security cameras around the doors and entrances,” said Martin, adding that in addition to vandalism, several bags of soap, toilet paper and paper towels have been stolen and a board separating the men and the women’s restroom was destroyed.

“People are going into the library and eating and sleeping,” Martin said. “They are waiting until the library is just about to close.”

One solution discussed included turning off the Wi-Fi service each evening, he said.

It is uncertain on how many people are using the buildings for temporary housing or the exact monetary damage, Martin said.

Martin along with Newkirk and Rick Pike, Jay Police Department assistant chief viewed the two buildings after the county commissioners meeting to view the damages.

In addition to doorknobs and doors, the thermostat in the big room had been tampered with, Martin said after the tour.

“There were also gang signs drawn on the generator,” Martin said. “A lock has been on the gate to the generator, but PSO (AEP Public Service Company of Oklahoma) keeps cutting the lock in order to read the meter.”

Martin said he would see that the issues were all addressed by commission members. 

Delaware County Emergency Management Director Robert Real said during the meeting he would look into grants to help with security cameras.

“The generator alone is $60,000,” Real said.

Other business

In other business, the commissioners approved for Real to submit a sub grant funding application for Delaware County and for the city of Grove. 

“We have been getting this grant for the past 11 years,” Real said.

Separately the $10,000 grant is broken down into each entity receiving $2,500 each quarter, he said.

In financial business, the commissioners received a $37,000 bid for a 1997 Pumper truck from the Tontitown, Arkansas fire department and an $118,500 bid from Fire Apparatus for a used fire boat for the Cleora Fire Department.

The Flint Ridge Volunteer and Cleora Fire Departments representatives said they would take the respective bids to their agencies for discussion. 

“Both Bernice and Monkey Island (fire departments) have fire boats,” Smith said.

The commissioners also approved an $85,134.25 invoice from Redlands Contracting, LLC for the Jerry Carnes project in District No. 2.

Smith said the project is 65 percent completed.

The commissioners also approved adopting a policy allowing for follow-up for physician's appointments on a work related injury not to be counted against sick days. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, Newkirk thanked the commissioners for their help with material and labor in repairing some of the community’s streets.