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January 9, 2012

Commissioners set date for Fair Board elections

Woodward, Okla. — Dates were set for the filing period and election for the annual Woodward County Fair Board elections during the county commissioners meeting Monday.

The filing period was set for Jan. 23 to Jan. 27.  If more than one person files for a position, an election for that position will take place Feb. 21.  If only one person files for any of the positions available, they will automatically become a fair board member for the district they filed in.

There are 3 positions on the fair board which are open for candidacy filing this year.  Those positions are currently held by Todd Peach of Mooreland in District No. 1, Brenton Mayfield of Mutual in District No. 2, and Rex Latta of Woodward in District No. 3.

In other action, Vanessa Brewington, director of Woodward EMS, presented a map to county commissioners and discussed which areas the EMS agency responds to.  The emergency services respond to any call in Woodward County, but they also use the "closest rule," Brewington said.

This closest rule still requires Woodward EMS to be dispatched, she said, but if there is a community closer to the emergency and they are able to respond more quickly that service is dispatched as well.  If that neighboring service can handle the situation then they can call off Woodward EMS services, she said.

Brewington also discussed how sometimes Woodward EMS will respond to emergencies a few miles over the county line if assistance is needed such as in the Buffalo area and areas of Ellis County.

Commissioners tabled the EMS item until next week's meeting so they can compile all of the information into one final packet and vote on it.

Also Monday, county commissioners approved a resolution determining maximum monthly highway funds for January.  The total amount in the bank was $1,191,171.99.

"That's just the (amount in) bank account, we actually received for the month $277,011.15," said Ted Craighead, commissioner of District No. 2.

When divided among the 3 county highway districts, Craighead said, "That's $92,000 a piece" in funding for road projects in each district.

Commissioners also approved a janitorial contract from the Woodward County Health Department for a new employee to finish out terms of the janitorial duties until June.  Charolett Waggoner, county clerk, said the person who was taking care of the duties quit so a new contract for a new employee had to be approved.

Since the new contract is for a shorter period of time and the contract amount doesn't go over $10,000, Waggoner said a bid did not have to be made.

Commissioners also approved monthly reports of county officers for December and blanket purchase orders.

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