New members for Woods County Fair Board

• Jail walls need more than paint


January 30, 2020

The Woods County Commissioners acknowledged the resignation of one fair board member and approved new ones Monday. Ronnie Pitts has resigned from the District 3 position. Commissioner John Smiley said he talked with Pitts who said he is just too busy to continue on the board.

The commissioners approved the results of the recent fair board election for three year terms. Those elected are Cody McMurphy for District 1, Brooke Meyer for District 2 and Kelli Lancaster for District 3. Lancaster is filling the position formerly held by Kevin Pingelton. With Pitts’ resignation, the commissioners needed to appoint someone to fill the one year term left. They approved Kevin Pingelton for that spot in District 3.

Sandblasting Makes New Problem at Jail

The commissioners learned that recent sandblasting to remove layers of paint from the concrete walls of the county jail resulted several pitted areas where the concrete had become soft. They had asked for bids for painting the jail and received two that are still unopened. However, painting can’t be done until the holes in the walls are filled.

It was expected that the floors would be sandblasted, too, but when the walls were damaged the work was stopped. The jail needs to have smooth surfaces to make it easier to clean up any food or debris prisoners might drop, throw or smear around.

The commissioners decided to send out requests for quotes on wall prep work to the two companies who have sent in painting bids. If they aren’t able to do that work, they will probably just rebid the remaining work.

Other Business

The commissioners approved a road crossing for Targa for natural gas. The location is three miles north of Waynoka.

They also approved the title sheets for county bridge and approach plans for Green Leaf Creek State Job #31776(04). All landowners have been located, but signatures are still needed from two.

A bridge inspection invoice for a bridge near the state line was approved.

The commissioners approved the sheriff’s office monthly reports. The expense for prisoners’ meals was $2,303. The income report showed $3,857.52.

John Smiley was re-appointed as the representative to the OEDA board. He is currently serving on the executive board which meets monthly. He said the general board meets quarterly.

Detention transportation claims for December were approved in the amount of $361.44.

Several items where designated as surplus. District 2’s ice machine will be junked. An International 10-wheel truck from District 2 will be offered for sealed bids. Two computers from the Election Board office were declared surplus.

Smiley reported the District 3 new building just needs electrical work done to be completed.

The commissioners approved payroll, warrants and claims as well as blanket purchase orders.

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