The Woodward News

April 30, 2013

OSU Extension to get new office space

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The Woodward County OSU Extension Service will soon be moving into a new office space.

The Extension Service has to temporarily relocate as work is slated to begin later this year to demolish the agency's current office building to make way for a new Expo Center at the county fairgrounds.

Woodward County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding during their meeting Monday morning, establishing an agreement with Woodward Public Schools for the OSU Extension Service to use portions of the middle school north campus for office space.

According to the memorandum, the county will pay $500 a month for the Extension Service's use of the middle school classrooms.  The county will also be responsible for telephone and internet charges during the Extension Service's stay at the school, while the major utilities will be provided by the school.  The OSU Extension Service will be responsible for insurance coverage.

Extension Agent Melanie Matt told commissioners that once the memorandum has been finalized with a signature from Superintendent Tim Merchant, her agency will begin making preparations to move.

However, she said the agency will likely wait until after school is out for the summer before officially moving offices.

She noted that "it feels like there's a lot of stuff to move" before the Aug. 1 deadline to leave the fairgrounds.

Once moved in, Extension Service will remain at the middle school until construction of the new Expo Center is complete, and then the agency will return to the county fairgrounds.  The 60,000 square foot Expo Center will include offices for the OSU Extension Center as well as a large indoor arena.

Besides the agreement with the school district, the Woodward County Commissioners had a fairly short and routine agenda.

The commissioners approved blanket purchase orders and a resolution to dispose of 2 typewriters and a printer as junked equipment from the county clerk's office.

Then under new business, the commissioners approved fund transfer requests from the court clerk's office and the election board.

County Clerk Charolett Waggoner said the court clerk's office requested a $760 transfer from its general account to its travel account to cover the costs of new Court Clerk Tammy Roberts, who "is having to travel for court clerk classes."

Waggoner said the election board requested to transfer funds from 3 separate accounts into its capitol outlay accounts "for the purchase of a new computer."  She said the election board will be transferring a total of $3,770 from its maintenance and operations fund, personal service account and travel fund to cover the total cost of the computer.