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Woods County Commissioners sell six mowers


The Woods County Commissioners accepted the only sealed bid they received for the sale of six surplus mowers. Western Equipment of Alva bid $11,000 per mower. The commissioners said later they will be buying new replacement mowers from the state list. Commissioner Randy McMurphy said the auditor doesn’t want them to turn the mowers in for trade on the new ones so they must advertise them for sealed bidding instead.

Also present for the meeting were Commissioners David Hamil and John Smiley. Hamil was wearing shorts to keep from irritating an ugly looking wound on his leg. He was a passenger and his wife was driving when a deer leapt into their path last week. His wife hit the brakes and avoided the deer, but they were both thrown around in the van, suffering bruises and contusions.

The commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between Woods County Emergency Management and Grant County Emergency Management for Swift 911. The program is a public alert system giving warmings on weather conditions. The two counties will share in the cost.

A transfer of appropriations was approved with $15,000 from General Sales Tax M&O being split between two accounts. Free Fair Sales Tax M&O will get $13,150 while Free Fair Sales Tax Capital Outlay will get $1,850. The transfer is to assure there’s enough money in the accounts to finish the fiscal year.

McMurphy said the commissioners have never contributed to the Woods County Economic Development Committee in the past, but he believes they should do so. He said the WCEDC enhances development in the county which enhances the amount of sales tax collected. The commissioners approved a contribution of $35,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The following monthly report was approved: Treasurer’s Office Balance $13,209.27.

The commissioners approved minutes of May 9 and May 11 meetings along with blanket purchase orders.

Under new business, Smiley reported that crack seal work on the Aline blacktop is almost done.


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