Delaware County Commissioner chairman Doug Smith vocalized his support on Monday, Dec. 11, for the county’s businesses in his last commissioner’s meeting.

Smith, who has been in public service for over 30 years, resigned in September. His last day in office is Thursday, Dec. 14.

A special election to fill the position is set for Feb. 13, 2017.

David Poindexter, who is the deputy commissioner for District 1, will serve as the acting commissioner chairman until the commissioners elect a new chairman in January.

Poindexter has filed to replace Smith as commissioner. He is being challenged by Steve Rowe. 

“I hope in the future the county considers our economic health when selecting vendors,” Smith said after agreeing to pay a $219,255 agreement with Guy Engineering Services, Inc. for the repair of the Piney Bridge.

The bridge was destroyed during the spring floods.

Guy Engineering Services, was one of three engineering firms on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation approved list, Smith said.

“Among the commissioner’s mission is to promote economic development by transportation needs, such as roads and bridges, tax incentives and whenever possible try and use local vendors,” Smith said. "We have basically sent $219,000 to Tulsa when we have a local vender."

Smith said he voted yes to paying Guy Engineering Services because the process was done correctly.

In financial business, the commissioners approved a $9,000 Grand Gateway Administration fee invoice for a waterline extension grant for which the county gets reimbursed and a $204.75 invoice from Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau.

Also approved was the request to transfer $1,638 from District No. 2 to District No. 1 on a shared road project and to transfer $199.84 within two accounts in District No. 1.

“We are basically cleaning up some old accounts,” Smith said.

The commissioners agreed to enter into an agreement with the Emergency Management and Delaware County. Smith said the city of Grove pays the county $45,000.

“We sign this agreement every three years,” Smith said.

The commissioners also voted to rebid for six month of salt materials.

“We accepted what we thought was the only bid last week, but later discovered a second bid that had gotten lost in the shuffle,” Smith said.

The commissioners also acknowledged Flint Ridge Fire Departments refusal of a FEMA outdoor warning siren grant.

“They didn’t have the money to front the grant, so Oaks Fire Department will get the grant,” Smith said.

Also approved:

• the 2018 calendar with holiday and regular meeting dates.

• appointing Commissioner Russell Martin (District 2) as a board member to the 13th Judicial District Sentencing Board.

• a form for supplemental payment of Grove Battery’s five-year manufacturing exemption.

• a resolution regulating the ambulance service with the Grove Public School District to Grove EMS service.