JAY – Delaware County Commissioners settled several matters regarding countywide fire departments at a regular meeting Monday morning.
For the Bernice Fire Department, commissioners approved the purchase of a skid unit/apparatus in the amount of $23,882.00 from First Due Emergency Response Solutions. Bids were also received for a tanker truck. The board received two bids and commissioners tabled the acceptance of the winning bid for one week so the department members can review the bids and come to a decision.
In addition, the Bernice Fire Department named Connie King as requisitioning officer, Berlie Hale as receiving officer and Penny Byrley as inventory officer for the fire department.
The Tia Juana Fire Department named officers as well. Requisitioning officers are Mike Hopper and Harold Olson, Steve Taylor is inventory officer and James Smart and Kenneth Clark will serve as receiving officers.
Kenwood Fire Department was given the nod for sponsorship by the commissioners for a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant in the amount $36,180.00 to purchase 18 sets of turnout gear.
Hickory Grove Fire Department was given the go-ahead to transfer $15,000 from their Maintenance & Operation Account into their Capital Outlay account.
John Blickensderfer, a Guy Engineering representative, addressed the board concerning the five-year plan for county roads and bridges. Blickensderfer told the board that the form must be submitted by June to apply for money to be used for road and bridge improvements within Delaware County. So far, three county bridges are on the 5-year plan including Spavinaw Creek, Fly Creek and Saline Creek.
Also regarding the matter of roads, the board approved a statement of inability to participate with federal-aid financing availability for Indian Reservation roads. The board was presented with a list of roads that are under federal aid funding, and the county needed to sign off so that the roads would not be funded through more than one entity.
Commissioners also approved a memorandum of understanding between the county and Cherokee Nation concerning the maintenance of roads constructed on IRR routes.
In other business:
• Highway cash for March was set at $69,474.04 for each district.
• Blanket purchase orders were approved for the month of March.
• A welder and two chainsaws were removed from inventory for District #3.
• A tabled motion to return a bond to Gene Allen for a road cut was approved. Commissioners for District #2, Billy Cornell said the road cut has not been made and the bond needed to be returned to Allen.
The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be held on Mon., March 3 in the Commissioners Office of the Delaware County Courthouse starting at 9 a.m.