A member of the Delaware County OSU Extension office addressed the county commissioners on Monday, March 19, asking for money they were promised in an agreement which will keep their office afloat until the next budget cycle.

“The main focus (of the OSU Extension office) is youth development,” said Ag/4-H Educator Gus Holland said.

Holland requested $10,000 which fulfills the signed agreement passed in July 2017. That agreement approved $82,794.48, however, the OSU Extension office received $72,460.95, approximately a $10,000 deficit.

The $10,000 is earmarked for salaries, travel and maintenance and operations, Holland said.

“If we don’t get the funding it’s like cutting a person [position],” Holland said.

Holland also said the agency would be requesting an additional $10,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal budget cycle.

“If we don’t have this funding there is the possibility of closing down the office,” said Amy O'Bryan, Delaware County OSU Extension Director, after the meeting.

Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Nick Lelecas said he is researching many issues raised by the agenda item, including the monetary difference.

County Commissioner Chairman Russell Martin (District 2) reminded the group of supporters that no action would be taken until next week’s meeting. 

Martin explained the addition funds would be taken out of the Use Tax account.

The Use Tax account has almost $700,000, but the county also has a $250,000 deductible on buildings. 

The county has had flooding issues both in the courthouse and the old jail, he said.

Other Business

In financial business, the commissioners approved paying a $975 invoice from the Craig County Detention Center and a $984.35 invoice from the State of Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

Other financials matters approved were transferring $35,000 from the Use Tax account to a Use Tax sub account for a 2017 Dodge 4x4 Truck for the sheriff’s office, transferring $6,000 from an assessor’s mapping account to its maintenance and operations account and $1,000 from the Flint Ridge Fire Department maintenance and operations account to its travel account. 

The commissioners also opened bids for two warning sirens, installation and an activation control box for the Tia Juana Fire Department. Bids will be awarded at a later date. 

The Leach Fire Department Board of Directors was approved. Officers are: Brian Nichols, president; Bill Wells, vice-president; Seth Gilstrap, Derek Reynolds, members; Tom Pearce, chief; Jamie Hix, assistant chief; Pearce and Hix, requisitioning officers, Nichols, receiving and Wells, inventory.

The commissioners also approved:

• to receive and file certification of votes cases in the March 6 Grove School bond election.

• a borrow permit with Leanna Buske to allow the county to obtain certain materials to be used for county road maintenance and repair. The road is located on South 520 Road in District No. 1.

• the Department of Transportation Supplemental and Modification Agreement for Crazy Creek Bridge in District No. 3.

• a lease purchase agreement with Ford Motor Company was tabled.

The next meeting is 9 a.m., Monday, March 26 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.