A inspection report by officials with the state Fire Marshal approved by the Delaware County commissioners on Monday, Feb. 12, showed the county jail had four violations including overcrowding - a problem that has plagued the commissioners for years.
The Jan. 18 report showed 80 inmates were housed at the jail. The jail is licensed for 61.
Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore has repeatedly brought up the overcrowding issue with the commissioners seeking a solution.
Other deficiencies noted the staff was to document and practice quarterly fire drills for each shift and obtain correct tags for heat detector and fire suppression/riser system.
The jail inspection was approved pending correction of the violations.
In financial business, the commissioners approved transferring $400 from Rural Water District No. 10 back to District No. 1.
“The auditor said since the water district had borrowed money and not all of it was used, the money should be returned,” said Barbara Barnes, county clerk.
Also approved was $30,000 intra fund transfer in District No. 2 to purchase two dump trucks and a Grand Lake Public Works Authority Resolution authorizing the issuance of a $700,000 promissory note to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.
The commissioners approved paying a $4,266 Craig County Sheriff’s invoice to house 19 Delaware County inmates and an $819 invoice from the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau.
Two agreements with Curtis Baker and Colcord Riding Club were approved. Barnes said the agreements allowing county workers on the respective owner’s property.
No action was taken concerning a burn ban for Delaware County. In December, the commissioners approved a 14-day burn ban that expired Jan. 9.
Currently 56 out of the state’s 77 counties are under a state or county burn ban.
The next meeting is 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.