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Under the advisement of legal counsel, two members of the Bernice

Town Board of Trustees are being placed on inactive status until

completion of schooling required by the Oklahoma Municipal League

for all new trustees, effective prior to last night’s regular board

meeting.

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Board members Dewayne Langley and Byron Anderson volunteered to

refrain from serving the board in an active capacity until they

meet OML schooling required for all newly seated board members in

the state.

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The next session of schooling will not be held until November, at

which time both will be reinstated to an active status.

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“This is just something that was missed, it happens and we will get

it taken care of as soon as possible,” said board member

David Dennis. “Our attorney advised us of the situation and both

board members have voluntarily taken leave of their seats until

they complete the schooling. Until then we will operate as a

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three person board.”

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Following that announcement the board approved the consent agenda,

minutes of the last meeting and disbursements including

purchase orders and payroll.

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The failing heating and air conditioning unit currently in use at

the Bernice courthouse will be replaced with a new unit with a

programmable thermostat at a cost of $2,943.00. The unit will be

purchased and installed from B&B Heating. 

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The board approved $979.88 in expenditures for the Bernice Fire

Department’s share of cost to cover administrative services for

the fiscal year 2011-12 to be appropriated to the Delaware County

Clerk’s personal services account. A separate item accepting

county guidelines in regard to the expenditures of county fire tax

money was approved as well.

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Items including sterile gauze, bandages, a suction apparatus and

other medical supplies were approved for purchase at a cost of

$1580 to be used on the fi reboat.

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Mike White, the newest member of the Bernice Volunteer Fire

Department, will receive a pager from Rec-Tec at a cost of $395.

The pager will be purchased out of county fire tax money. 

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An item to discuss and take action on Resolution 2010-11pertaining

to emergency purchases brought no action by the board and will be

placed on next month’s agenda.

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“The only resolution we currently have in place for making

purchases without board approval is for $5000 per item

emergency purchases only. Nothing more. We need to adopt a

purchasing policy to make it so that if our weed eater breaks we

don’t have to call a board meeting to get it fi xed,” said

Dennis. In other business the board approved payment of county fire

tax purchases in the amount of $979.88 payable to the

Delaware County Clerk, the purchase of a new chainsaw for Brush 1

in the amount of $319 and the purchase four steps for the rescue

truck in the amount of $116.

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The board approved a budget of $860,936.00 for the fiscal year

2011-12. The Town of Bernice meets the second Monday of each month

at 6:30 p.m.