Janet Barber

Special to the Grove Sun

JAY – Commissioners once again voted in a 2-1 vote to reject an application for a Rural Economic Action Plan to help fund a walking path around Monkey Island. The grant is a $50,000 matching funds grant to be used in coordination with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Enhancement Program.

Delaware County Commissioner for district #3 Dave Kendrick told supporters from the Monkey Island Association that he had talked to ODOT and was informed that if the project went over the amount of money allotted, that the county would be financially liable for the balance. The county would also be liable for the maintenance of the walking path as well and he would not support the project unless the wording was changed through the ODOT program.

County Commissioner for district #2 Billy Cornell made the motion to reject the application and the dissenting vote to approve the application came from Ken Crowder, district #1 county commissioner.

A REAP grant application that received the board’s blessing concerns a $50,000 grant to be used for a water line project for Rural Water District #1. The grant will help fund the $354,000 project. The grant money will be used for water line easements, clearing right-of-ways and a new waterline extension.

Funds were transferred during the meeting including $1,113.52 from each districts CBRI accounts into accounts used to pay for bridge inspections, district #3 transferred $124,728.08 from their CBRI account to pay for the Colcord/Flint Road project and Bernice Fire Department transferred $10,000 from their Maintenance and Operation Account into Capital Outlay.

Other fire department matters included filing the yearly list for all board members serving on the Butler Fire Department, advertising for sealed bids on the purchase of bunker gear for the Bernice Fire Department and Grove Fire Department will be purchasing a used ladder truck from Deep South in the amount of $110,000.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department asked for a firing range to be built by the county on county owned property located at the solid waste transfer station located between Jay and Grove. The board approved the project that will involve dirt work. Officers now have to use a range in the Rose area to qualify with their firearms each year with Miami being the next closest range. The department also received approval on a blanket purchase order for service and repair to deputies vehicles.

Other items handled Monday morning included:

• A meeting with Mary Meriwether, representative from Experience Works; to explain the function and goal of the program that includes hiring seniors age 55 and older who are low income and want a job and need training to get one. According to Meriwether, Experience Works pays the wages and workman’s compensation insurance on employees who work an average of 20 hours per week. She will be on next week's agenda to ask that the board sign an agreement to become a host agency employer between her program and the county.

• A salary freeze for all elected officials for the year 2010-2011 went into effect during today’s meeting. Legislation has been passed that all elected county officials draw the maximum salary and according to the board, this would destroy the county’s present budget.

• Bryan Ball will receive a refund for a utility permit for a road cut in district #2.

• Approved was the signing of a letter of endorsement for the Kenwood Fire/Emergency medical response agency. This is a yearly letter required by the state to renew their certification.

• Highway cash was set for the month of November at $$77,657.92 for each district.

• Bill Brickey resigned from the Delaware County Fair Board to be replaced by Calvin Williams who will serve out Brickey’s unexpired term.

The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be held on Monday, Nov. 1 starting at 9 a.m. in the commissioners office of the Delaware County Courthouse.