A survey of the state’s county courthouses showed over a third are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch, according to Delaware County Commissioner Russell Martin. 

Martin spoke during the new business portion of the Monday, Sept. 24 commissioner’s meeting.

In an earlier meeting the commissioners learned some of the county’s departments were not uniform with each other regarding breaks and the length of lunch hours.

The current policy if for the courthouse to be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and employees have two 15-minute breaks. 

Previously the commissioners learned some employees were combining their two 15-minute breaks with their 30-minute lunch hour. Although the employees were being paid for a 40-hour work week, they were only working 37 and half hours.

Of the 77 counties surveyed 27 courthouses are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break, Martin said.

Martin provided documentation to the commissioners showing 18 courthouses are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 14 courthouses are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 courthouses are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., four courthouses are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., three courthouses are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one courthouse is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

“Of the 18 courthouses, their hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour off for lunch,” Martin said.

Most of the similar populated counties have a budget higher than Delaware County, he said.

Delaware County has a population of 41,500 and a $5.35 million budget as compared to Bryan County with a population of 44,486 and a $5.9 budget, Carter County with a 47,500 population and a budget of $9.6 million, and Kay County with a 45,478 population and a $7.3 million budget.

Other similar counties include Logan County with a 45,276 population and a $5.6 million budget and Pittsburg County with a 45,837 population and a $5.6 million budget.

The commissioners also approved transferring $150,000 to the general fund.

The funds were taken from the Use Tax fund at the request of the county treasurer, Martin said.

“This leaves us with at least $400,000 (in the Use Tax account), said Barbara Barnes, County Clerk.

In other business, Solid Waste Office Manager Chris Simon addressed the commissioners saying that all three packer trucks are operational, and the department is looking at adding a fourth truck.

In financial business, the commissioners transferred $2,000 from the Monkey Island Fire Department capital outlay account to its maintenance and operations account and paid an Office of Juvenile Affairs transportation claim of $718.34.

The commissioners also approved purchasing a Caterpillar 416F Backhoe from Tulsa business Warren Caterpillar.

The purchase price was $134,000, but the commissioners negotiated a price of $91,000, Martin said. The Grand Savings Bank note is a monthly payment of $912.19 with the final payment due Sept. 24, 2023, he said.

Also approved was a $50,000 Rural Water District No. 1 application that will be submitted through Grand Gateway.

A contract with Grand Lake Healthcare to provide medical services for the jail’s inmates. The cost is $4,835 each month, Martin said.

The commissioners approved bids, including a bid from Grand River Abstract for $75 per tract.

Also approved was to forward legal documents. Cornerstone Bank vs. Gregory Houck, a foreclosure to the district attorney’s office and an acknowledgment notice of requirement to comply with the Violence Against Woman Act confidentiality and privacy provision at the request of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council.

A proposal to accept a bid for a pre-owned pumper truck for the Cowskin Fire Department was not needed.

The fire department is still completing the necessary paperwork, said Barbara Barnes, court clerk, after the meeting.

The next meeting is 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 1 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.