The Delaware County commissioners approved on Monday, June 18, to forward a letter from Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore to the state Health Department outlining steps to reducing the overcrowding problems at the jail.

Last week, the commissioners reviewed the April 2018 jail inspection report, which showed 25 percent or 16 inmates had left the jail overcrowded.

The letter states the jail administrator is working with judges and the District Attorney’s office on the reduction of bonds or personal recognize bonds in nonviolent offenses, nontraditional sentencing options, such as drug court, community sentence program and electronic monitored release and transports for other counties are being expedited. 

The jail holds 61 inmates.

In financial business, the commissioners approved paying an Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs transportation claim for $1, 0158.16, and $375 invoice from the Craig County Detention Center.

Also approved was transferring $15,000 from the county’s health insurance account to its retirement account. A request to reimburse the county election board personal services, part-time help, travel and maintenance and operations account was also approved.

The Delaware County Election Board officers were approved. Officers are Dixie Smith and Crystal January, requisitioning; Anna Reece, receiving and January and Reece, inventory. . 

Also approved:

• a resolution for lease/purchase for Delaware County Rural Fire Departments for the 2018-2019 fiscal year and with Armstrong Bank for the purchase of a 2004 Freightliner.

• contracts for the Delaware County Election Board and Mail Finance, Ozark Business Systems and Ozark Leasing program.

• Detention Services Agreement between ROCMND Area Youth Services.

• forward to the district attorney’s office, Grand Savings Bank vs. Dustin Brixey, Case No. CJ. 2018-83 and Festus Rodgers, et. al, vs. Dwight Jones, Case No. CV-18-56.

• a detention agreement with Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Home.

Bids were opened on paper and cleaning products, extermination services, and uniform services. Bids to be awarded later.

The next meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, June 25 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.