The Delaware County Commissioners were presented on Monday, Aug. 20, a working copy of the county’s annual budget.

County Commissioner Martin Kirk was not in attendance.

The budget, which covers the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year, was not on the agenda to be approved, but only for discussion.

The preliminary approved budget is $5,198,231.30 in addition to a $154,541 carryover from the previous year’s budget for a total of $5,352,772.40, according to a handout provided by Barbara Barnes, County Clerk.

David Morris, Solid Waste Manager updated the commissioners on the Solid Waste Authority saying the department is up to 66 percent working capacity.

The department is getting up to speed with vehicle repairs that had plagued the department most of the summer, he said.

The commissioners voted down a request by the Delaware County Sheriff’s office for Jason Hutcheson to hold a dual commission with Delaware County and Craig County sheriff’s offices.

“The thing that bothers me the Workers Compensation,” said Russell Martin, County Commissioner chairman.

Hutcheson could get hurt when he is on duty with the Craig County Sheriff’s Department or at home, he said.

In financial business the commissioners approved paying a Craig County Sheriff’s invoice for $5,832 to house Delaware County inmates in July.

Also approved was a $8,000 blanket purchase order for repairs to the Flint Ridge Fire Department ladder truck and to set up a donation account for $9,400 to resurface a portion of Park Cove Road in District No. 2.

The commissioners also advertised for sealed bids to sell at 1996 Chevrolet 1-ton flatbed with dump bed and to lease a used pumper truck for the Cowskin Rural Fire Department.

The current trucks are 32 and 45-years-old and replacement parts don’t exist, said Rick Bronson, Cowskin Fire Department captain.

Also filed with the commissioners is the current list of officers for the Delaware County Rural Water District No. 12. They are: Fred Hammack, chairman; Gary Phillips, vice-chairman; Carl Putney, treasurer; Duke Ducummon, secretary and Jerry Swanson, board member.

The commissioners also approved:

an annual memorandum of agreement with Cherokee Nation on county road improvement projects. received and filed audits for the Delaware County Educational Facilities Authority, the Justice Authority and the Delaware County Economic Development Authority. To salvage chainsaws, telescopic limb pruners and pole saw. To create an account to be called DCSO Special Fund pursuant to court order CV-2018-77.

The next meeting is 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 27 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.

If You Go

The Delaware County Commissioners will host a special meeting at 9.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, to review the proposed employee handbook.

The handbook will address several issues including medical marijuana, work hours and healthy living programs.