Delaware County Commissioners have extended the county-wide burn ban for another week during their meeting held Tuesday morning.
Commissioners voted to extend the burn ban for another week due to the dry conditions, despite the meager rain fall the county has received lately. Fire Department chiefs throughout the county agreed with the board that the ban should be extended.
Travel guidelines were established for the Fire Department Boards. Up until today no guidelines for traveling have been set in motion and today's approval of the state guidelines will eliminate the chances for abuse and is a formality to absolute the county of any liability, putting the matter into the county Fire Department Board members. To date, no abuse of traveling expenses have been reported, but the new state mandated guidelines will give transparency to the guidelines for travel.
A hearing date of August 16 at 9 a.m. In the commissioners office has been set for the establishment of the Easley Family Cemetery located in district #3. The petition was accepted by the board today for approval.
The application for a hazard mitigation grant was signed to be used to install storm sirens in the Monkey Island, Cleora and the Tia Juana Fire Department. Three sirens will be installed in each location should the grant be approved.
In other matters:
• Highway cash was set at $78,583.65 for each district and blanket purchase orders were approved for the month of August.
• The Board voted to not renew a membership with the Northeast Oklahoma Rural Alliance.
• Approved was advertisement for hillside gravel (native rock) for a six month period. The matter was handled during a previous meeting, but one vendor did not submit a bid in district #1 and will now be allowed to do so. Commissioner Smith said, “I will hand deliver it if I have to.” in reference to the vendor being notified to submit a bid.
• A transfer of $654.48 was approved from district #3 to district #2 as part of a reimbursement.
The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be held on Monday, August 1 at 9 a.m. in the commissioners room of the Delaware County Courthouse.