Janet Barber

Grove Sun Daily

JAY - Issues concerning county roads, grants and agreements were addressed during the Tuesday morning meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners.

Commissioners voted to enter into lake access agreements with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation on a resurfacing project for Gigging Road in Districts #2 an #3, and a new overlay on Ross Acres Road, located in District #2.

A deputation agreement between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Delaware County Sheriff's Office was given the okay. The agreement will provide cross deputation of law enforcement officers with the tribes, the state and political subdivisions of the state to assist the BIA in its duties.

Delaware County Sheriff Jay Blackfox told the board that the agreement would release his department from liability issues when it assists the BIA officers on their calls.

The board gave the nod to two items concerning the Delaware County Health Department. The board voted to sponsor an abstinence grant for the department in the amount of $2,000 to be used to purchase materials to teach the classes. Also approved was a rental contract between Hometown Bottled Water and the health department.

Other approved items on the agenda included:

o The approval of the creation of a new cash account to be known as CED-1-3 for small bridge construction.

o The signing of a claim requesting payment from ODOT for engineering fees to Rose & McCrary.

o Sealed bids will be advertised for the lease purchase of a grader and backhoe for District #2 under the revolving fund with ODOT and District #3 will be advertising for sealed bids on the lease purchase of a grader through the same fund.

o Funds in the amount of $5,000 for the Eucha Fire Department were transferred from Capital Outlay to Maintenance & Operation.

o Vinita Glass received the winning bid to replace the windows in the Jay Community Center in the amount of $13,494.00.

o Tabled for one week was the approval of membership with Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee, Empowerment Zone, which is part of the Cherokee Nation economic development cooperative. The cost for the county to join is $1000, but unless the county is part of the group, the towns and cities in Delaware County will not be allowed to participate.

The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be held on Mon., Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Office of the Delaware County Courthouse.