Shirley angry over required and repetitious training
• Asks DA to meet with Woods County Excise Board
November 20, 2022
Joe Shirley’s had enough! He believes the continuing education requirements for members of the Woods County Excise Board are excessive.
County Clerk Shelley Reed told board members the Center for Local Government Technology said board members must complete a three hour training session on Tuesday, Dec. 6. They may choose between a 9 a.m. session and a 1 p.m. session. The training will be online on Zoom, and they must make it known they are attending. If board members have some conflict and can’t participate Dec. 6, they will have to go to Stillwater for in-person training.
Shirley said he considers the training redundant and useless. He said it’s the same information presented every year. The other board members, Chris Olson and Bob Seivert agreed although they weren’t as upset as Shirley.
Then Reed told them their positions are up for appointment in January. After being appointed for a new term, they will be required to attend two training sessions of three hours each during 2023. Shirley indicated strongly that six hours was a breaking point. If he can’t get some kind of relief from the repetitious training, he may refuse to serve on the board again.
Shirley said he’s going to talk to legislators about getting that requirement reduced so only new board members need to attend training sessions. He then asked for a meeting with District Attorney Justin Eilers about the law and what recourse they have.
Reed phoned Eilers, and he agreed to meet with the board. They will need to set up the meeting 48 hours ahead of time, said Reed, so she can get a legal agenda posted. All of this discussion occurred under the heading of new business at the end of Wednesday morning’s meeting.
The excise board members approved the following monthly appropriations:
District #1Highway Cash $166,967.29
District #2 Highway Cash $167,084.08
District #3 Highway Cash $199,594.48
District #1 CBRI Fund-105 $15,302.66
District #2 CBRI Fund-105 $15,302.68
District #3 CBRI Fund-105 $15,302.68
Enhanced 911 $17,542.41
County Clerk’s Lien Fee $2,203.42
County Clerk’s Preservation Fee $2,680.00
Sheriff’s Revolving Fund $1,774.74
Treasurer’s Resale $936.58
Sheriff’s Commissary $11.83
Sheriff’s Service Fee CHS $10,780.21
Mortgage Tax $90.00
Local Assistance & Tribal Consistency $50,000.00
Federal Rescue Plan Act of 2021 $563.43
Court Clerk RM & P $289.50
Board members acknowledged the following transfers:
• The transfer of appropriations from the General Free Fair Capital Outlay to M & O in the amount of $10,000 and from the T & R Capital Outlay to M & O in the amount of $50,000 (which will leave over $100,000 still in the account). Reed said the transfers into M & O will allow spending the funds for some needed repairs at the fairgrounds.
• The transfer of appropriations from CIRB account to personal services for Highway D#1 and Highway D#2 in the amount of $16,254.57 each. This allows the commissioners in those two districts to use the funds for payroll.
Excise board members approved the establishment of a new fund – #1570 Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund. They were a bit skeptical about what tribes were involved in Woods County. Reed explained the account is for $50,000 coming this year and $50,000 next year for which the county is eligible. They asked about restrictions on how the funds are spent, and Reed said the county can spend it however they want.
Money in an unused account in the sheriff’s department was approved for transfer. Reed said the $250 in the Sheriff CSSP which was for a community service program is no longer in use. It was transferred to the Sheriff Revolving (Jail) account.
The transfer of $10,000 from District 2 CBIR to the ETR fund was approved. The money will go toward an ETR no-interest loan that paid for road materials.
Board members approved the 2022-2023 Treasurer’s Service Budgets and Billing Breakdown for the following schools: Alva Public Schools $6,929, Waynoka Public Schools $5,103, Freedom Public Schools $493, Northwest Technology Center $5,475. The treasurer charges a percentage for collection and accounting of the ad valorem taxes going to the schools.
A video of the excise board meeting may be viewed at http://www.AlvaReviewCourier.com.