Rachael Van Horn
Woodward County Commissioners approved two youth detention service agreements and a public works agreement at Monday's regular weekly meeting.
Commissioners approved an agreement for detention services ROCMND Area Youth Services of Craig County for the housing of juveniles when Woodward County's facility is full.
Commissioners also approved the contract between the county and its own local youth services provider, Western plains Youth and Family Services, Inc., for the housing of local adjudicated youths. The contract is approved yearly.
In other business, commissioners approved a resolution that authorized the Woodward County Treasurer to reimburse the Woodward County Election Board for extra personnel needed in school, municipal and special purpose district elections scheduled to take place in 2014 and 2015.
A public works contract with William S. Key Correctional Center that would allow the county courthouse, District 3, the fairgrounds and District 2 to utilize inmate labor for maintenance and other minor maintenance projects was also approved.
The contract requires the county to supply a county employee to supervise inmates. The inmates would be permitted to perform mowing and basic maintenance projects, said District 3 Commissioner Vernie Matt.
Commissioners approved financing documentation between District 2 and Welch State Bank for a piece of equipment known as a "Asphalt Zipper."
The equipment mills used asphalt so that it can be reapplied and reused on certain roadway improvements, said District 2 County Commissioner Randy Johnson.
A total of $13,311.81 of alcoholic beverage taxes was collected and allocated by commissioners Monday. The money goes to cities and towns within the county as a part of each town's monthly receipts.
In other business, District one County Commissioner, Tommy Roedell announced that he attended a special class through ACCO (The Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma). The class dealt with the best ways for those who work or serve in government offices, schools and even churches should react when there is an "active shooter" present.
"The information was very good and I was just wondering if we could maybe find out if there were some offices here and with the school who wanted to send people to this," he said.
According to Roedell, the course suggested three possible responses to an active shooter;
1. Get out
2. Hide out
3. Take the shooter out
Each action would depend on the circumstances, Roedell said.
According to Roedell, the course was helpful in bringing to mind the awareness that all need to have when they are at any work location.
"Even though we are in a rural area, there is really no place that is safe now and we need to be aware and plan for how to respond to these things," Roedell said.