Janet Barber

Special to the Grove Sun

JAY – Delaware County Commissioners dealt with grants, claims, bids and agreements during their meeting held Monday morning.

Several authorities asked approval of applications through the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) fund, including the Delaware County Fair Board, who also asked for sponsorship by the commission to apply for a $50,000 grant to make improvements on the Delaware County fairgrounds. The project will come in with a bid of $54,939.52 from Ray Roberts. The fair board will make up the financial difference.

Jay Schools received permission to apply for a $50,000 grant to be used on their outdoor classrooms that have been under construction for a little more than a year. Two fire departments are applying for REAP grants and include Kenwood Volunteer Fire Association, who are asking for a $14,750 grant to build a 30 x 30 heli-pad, and Butler Volunteer Fire Department is applying for a $33,341.24 grant to add two bays to their existing facility.

Two tort claims were turned over to the county’s insurance company. Rosalee Gray claims damages to her windshield in the amount of $215.96. She claims a rock fell from a district #1 truck and damaged her windshield and Mark Hanley is claiming fender damage involving district #2.

An agreement was entered into between Delaware County and Senior Community Service Employment Program, Experience Works, to agree to be a host agency to use seniors in various employment capacities.

Grove Fire Department received approval to rescind the acceptance of a bid for a used ladder truck during last weeks meeting. Authorities say the bid did not meet their specs.

In other matters Monday morning:

• Bids will be re-advertised on a back up generator for the Delaware County Emergency Management;

• A claim to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for a truck purchase for district #1 was signed;

• Approved was a bid on land not sold at resale in Lakemont Shores from Kathryn Reser in the amount of $50;

• Commissioners took no action on going into executive session regarding a pending lawsuit filed by Sherry England, et al, against the Sheriff of Delaware County. The lawsuit claims sexual misconduct by almost all of the male jailers against between 4 and 18 women. The women claim that the sheriff knew of the misconduct and did nothing about the situation. County insurance attorneys, according to Commissioner Ken Crowder, called the commissioners office and said that the agenda item was not needed and to take no action on the motion at this time.

The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be held on Mon., Nov. 8 starting at 9 a.m. in the commissioners office of the Delaware County courthouse.