The Woodward News

January 15, 2013

County officials tour juvenile detention center

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — County Commissioners made their annual inspection of the Northwest Oklahoma Juvenile Detention facility after their weekly meeting on Monday.

Commissioners and the county clerk were given a tour by Brian Newton, superintendent of the detention center. The tour included the entrance and monitoring room, living facilities, the detention center's classroom and the recreation and common room.

Following the tour District 1 Commissioner Tommy Roedell said, "I am personally impressed with what I've seen and feel they're running a top notch facility."

District 2 Commissioner Vernie Matt agreed saying "The building looks nice and well kept."

The only thing Matt pointed out was the detention center's sign, which had fallen down. Newton said that the sign was being addressed and that a new one was being made and was expected to be completed by Jan 21.

Commissioners also approved the Circuit Engineering District Auction policies allowing them to dispose of equipment by putting it up for auction at the statewide auction in Elk City. They went over several items up for auction.

First up for auction was a District 3 rubber tire puller type packer.

"That's a 1948 model we've been using, its seen better days and I think its time to retire it," Matt said.

Next was surplus equipment from the Health Department.

"Those are just some chairs and heavy particle board tables that have worn out," Matt said.

A 1998 Chevy half ton pickup will also be put up for auction.

 "That's our oldest pickup and its getting up there in age to where repairs on it could get costly, so I think its time we trade it in," Roedell said, expressing similar sentiment on a 2003 Chevy three quarter ton pickup.

Also going to auction will be a 1991 Ford Explorer from the Sheriff's Department.

Undersherrif Kevin Mitchell who was present at the meeting said, "Emergency Management has been using it for the last 6 or 7 years."

A 1974 Pettibone Vibratory roller is also up for auction.

"We picked that up in Quinlan and it doesn't have any brakes so its a little bit dangerous to operate and nobody likes to run it so we're getting rid of it," Roedell said.

The board also opened bids for a new forklift for the landfill. Bids included $99.889.98 for a 2013 Omega 44236 from Medley Material Handling out of Oklahoma City, $95,887 for a Lift King LK6P44-B from Van Keppel, and $73,589.91 for a Case 588H 4x4 from OCT Equipment.

Approval was tabled until the landfill board could look over the bids. A decision is expected possibly later this month.

Finally, commissioners approved a request from DCP Midstream, LP for 2 utility permits for directional boring under district 2 and district 3 roadways for a natural gas pipeline, both southwest of Woodward. The board also approved a request from Northwest Electric Cooperative for a utility permit to cross over a county road with electrical line on a road southeast of Woodward.