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Commissioners approve health department to do Covid testing in Alva Monday


December 16, 2020

In new business, the Woods County commissioners approved a request by the health department to set up a tent on the courthouse lawn on Monday, Dec. 21. The purpose is to provide testing to the general public for the Covid-19 virus. Hours of operation had not been determined.

Commissioner John Smiley said the Sundance Wind Energy project has about 20 wind turbines up. Materials for the remaining 50-plus turbines are onsite waiting for installation.

Smiley has received a supply list from the engineer on what is needed to finish the Avard Lake project. He said he increased the specifications from the minimum recommended by the engineer. The supplies including piping and concrete are estimated to cost about $50,000. Smiley is working with Fish and Wildlife to try to get a grant for part of the cost. The work has been permitted by the Water Resources Board.

Commissioners Randy McMurphy and David Hamil were present in addition to Smiley.

The commissioners approved a bridge inspection and report of conference with CED #8 for an invoice that will be paid by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Monthly reports were approved for the following:

Assessor, Collections, $150.00

County Clerk Office, Collections, $10,043.56

Court Clerk Office, Balance, $62,756.42

Court Clerk RM &P, Balance, $3,644.99

Election Board, Balance, $4,258.89

Health Dept., Collections, $0.00

Treasurer’s Office, Balance, $18,893.70

When the Avard Regional Rail Park Authority had GO bonds to pay off, Woods County provided assistance by paying off the bonds. Avard Rail has been repaying the county over a seven-year period. On Monday, the county commissioners voted to waive the remaining balance of $53,270. Avard Rail has hired a marketing consultant to market the facility to increase economic development and the amount being forgiven can be used toward paying that consultant.

Temporary easements were approved to obtain gravel from the property of Cory and Royce Friend. Smiley said he needs the rock for a parking area.

The commissioners approved a resolution for a project agreement between the county and ODOT for a bridge project over the Salt Fork River. They also approved an agreement on the project maintenance, financing and right-of-way.

The commissioners approved a REAP grant contract for Rural Water District #3 for rehabilitation on two water towers in the amount of $50,000. They also approved the transfer of appropriations for that project from government sales tax M&O account to the general rural water project account.

A new 2020 Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy was approved for the county.

Jennifer Shafer brought in a stack of six month bids. The commissioners authorized her to open the bids and compile them so they can take action to approve them at a future meeting.

The commissions also approved payroll, warrants and claims, monthly appropriations and blanket purchase orders.


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