Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – Delaware County Commissioners vetoed two Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grants and gave the nod to two others during their meeting held Monday morning.

In a vote of 2-1, the board voted to not approve a resolution for a REAP grant application for the Monkey Island Association with District #1 Commissioner Ken Crowder casting the vote to support the issue. According to the board, the $50,000 matching grant was to be used in coordination with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Enhancement Program for the construction of a walking path around Monkey Island.

Another grant application rejected was a grant for $50,000 for a paving project applied for by the Carriage Hills Property Owners. According to Commissioner Crowder, a grant for that project has already been applied for and is being processed.

Water district #9, located in the Patricia Island area will be applying for a $7,500 grant for the installation of a water line. The amount will go to pay for the pipe in the $12,000 total cost project and the Colcord Senior Citizens organization will be applying for a $26,594.99 grant to be used for a paving project around the center.

Delaware County residents will be able to apply for pharmacy benefit card programs thanks to the approval of the commissioners today. The board voted to approve a managed pharmacy benefit service agreement between the county and National Association of Counties (NACO) Prescription Drug Program. According to Commissioner Crowder, after receiving approval today it will be approximately 7 weeks before application will be made available throughout the county.

According to the board, residence can possibly save up to 22% of their prescription needs, according to the amount of health insurance a person carries. “The discounts are for people who have little or no insurance, but even if you have insurance, you can still save some money,” said Commissioner Crowder.

District #2 Commissioner Bill Cornell said he has received a letter that stated that basically every pharmacy within a 50-mile radius would honor the cards including pharmacies in Arkansas and Missouri. “This is a good thing for the people of Delaware County,” he added.

Other items included in Monday’s meeting were:

• Approval of resolution to engage the center for economic development law for consulting services for the TIFF that was put into place in 2008. Tabled was the appointment of two trustees for the Delaware County Economic Development Authority until the first of the year. The items pertained to the TIFF that was put into place concerning Shangri-La in 2008.

• A perpetual easement for utilities was approved for Rural Water District #11.

• A tort claim from Tara Huddleston will be turned over to the county’s insurance company. Huddleston claims that a rock falling from a county truck damaged her windshield in the amount of $194.00.

• A bid was opened for the Delaware County Emergency Management for two generators, and 3 bids were submitted for the lease purchase of a used ladder truck for the Grove Fire Department. Both purchases will be decided during next week's meeting.

•A motion was approved concerning the Delaware County Tax levies for 2010-2011.

The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be held on Mon., Oct. 25 starting at 9 a.m. in the commissioners office of the Delaware County Courthouse.