Alfalfa County commissioners cautioned to conserve appropriations


October 25, 2017

The Alfalfa County Commissioners Board met Monday morning for its weekly meeting. In attendance were Tobey Walker, Stan Tucker, Jay Hague, Lanetah Unruh, Nancy Lambert, representatives from the Alva and Cherokee papers, and several other guests.

Lambert led the invocation and flag salute to start the meeting off, before Walker turned the meeting over to Buddy Carroll, who presented the financial statement for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and the estimate of needs for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Carroll reported that appropriations are down $939,000, fund balance is down $874,000, and Alfalfa County's evaluation has increased $997,000 –“but that only represents $10,000 of income, so that's not hardly enough to offset the loss in appropriations that we had,” Carroll said. Carroll also reported that the contingency fund is down $110,000. “I would encourage everybody to approach this year in a very conservative manner,” Carroll said. “Everyone should join together in an effort to conserve appropriations.”

Carroll made a motion to approve the estimate of needs and financial statements, which was seconded by the board. The board took care of several general items at the meeting, including the approval of the previous meetings minutes, several M & O warrants for payment, six blanket purchase orders, and one road crossing permit each in the amount of $500 for District 1 and District 2, totaling $1,000. Next, a representative from Bruckner Truck Sales of Enid presented five contracts to the board for Mack semis for District 2. The board approved this item, which had been tabled since the last meeting.

The board also approved several items from District 1 and District 2 for disposal. District 1 was approved to surplus an Asus 20-inch LCD monitor and HP Compaq Pro, and dispose of an Asus 20-inch LCD monitor and an HP Compaq Pro. District 2 was approved to dispose of four 2016 Mack semis. It was also approved for a private property access easement to remove trees. Then the board approved a resolution for criteria for safety incentives for 2018. The final agenda item was the approval of sick leave donation forms for Phillip Pitter from Vernon Sanders (24 hours), Gary Mast (12 hours), TJ Rochenbach (20 hours), and George Liebsch (40 hours).


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