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December 17, 2013

County continues transition for landfill employees

Woodward, Okla. — =Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved one more step in the process to transform the status of Northwestern Oklahoma Solid Waste Disposal Authority employees and administration from a county managed organization to a separate trust.

Commissioners approved the movement of $200,000 existing in Woodward County administrative accounts for the NOSWDA to its own public trust account through Stock Exchange Bank of Woodward.

After all outstanding bills up until Dec. 19, have been paid, the balance in the existing landfill accounts through the county will also be transfered to the new NOSWDA account, according to Woodward County Clerk Charolett Waggoner.

In the past, employees of the NOSWDA, have been considered Woodward County Employees. However, the facility serves four counties, Woodward, Dewey, Harper and Ellis Counties.

In November, commissioners approved a resolution that changed the status of NOSWDA employees from Woodward County Employees to employees of a public trust.

In that same meeting, commissioners approved a letter canceling the county health insurance for those employees. A new employee insurance company, OPEH&W, which caters to public trust authorities is now providing insurance for landfill employees.

The aim for these actions is to protect Woodward County in case of a liability claim by an employee, said District 1 Commissioner Tommy Roedell during the November meeting.

In other business, commissioners approved a permit that would allow Best Tree Services, LLC, to deposit tree mulch onto an area of Woodward County unincorporated flood plain, which is on private property. Best Tree Services is the company contracted to clear trees for Oklahoma Gas and Electric for the current transmission project.

According to Woodward County Manager for Unincorporated Flood Plains J.T. Winter, the company will deposit the tree mulch on the area of flood plain and the private owner of the property will plow under the mulch.

When that work is complete, the owner will plant grass on the area to hold down the topsoil, Winter said.

Commissioners also allocated $12,644.19 in Woodward County alcoholic beverage taxes.

Commissioners also opened bids for the next year's contract for printing of election ballots, specific to the needs of the Woodward County Election Board.

Commissioners received two bids for the service, one from Royal Printing Company and one from Midwestern Printing Company.

On the advice of Carol Carrell with the election board, commissioners chose Royal Printing Company, which came in at the same price as the other bid.

Commissioners also opened two bids for gyp rock from Allied  and Hydro Quarry. Both bids were accepted based on availability.

In unforeseen business, a document called a maximum price guarantee amendment was signed by commissioners.

The document was issued through construction manager, Joe D. Hall Construction Managers, LLC., contracted to manage the Woodward County Fairgrounds improvement project. According to Waggoner, the document is a total tabulation of all the construction bids on the project and guarantees the costs for the construction portion of the project not to exceed $9,430,221.

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