The Woodward News

August 23, 2013

Health care issue tops county agenda

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners will still be slogging through a mountain of details Monday on at least one contentious issue.

At the top of the agenda, commissioners plan a conference call with Ross Naylor, Vice President of Oklahoma Public Employees Health Insurance Group (OPEH&W) regarding the differences between the county's current health insurance and OPEH&W. The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the courthouse.

Late in July, County Commissioners voted to abandon their current health coverage in favor of the new OPEH&W coverage.

During and after that conference call, commissioners and Naylor will entertain questions from the Woodward County retirees and employees regarding their concerns about how the new insurance will affect them.

In other business, routine estimates of need and requests for appropriations for August will be handled, as well as an agreement of services between Woodward County and Eastern Oklahoma Youth Services for 2014.

Commissioners will act on a resolution changing the speed limit for a section of road that runs south of the landfill from 55 to 45 miles per hour.

The change is the first in a series of changes they plan to make in abating a problem area on County Road NS209, from EW43 to EW40 and west to Highway 412, said District 3 County Commissioner Vernie Matt.

The problem, made known to them by several Woodward County citizens, involves traffic on the road which is usually seeking to haul truckloads of refuse into the south end of the landfill, Matt said.

"Lots of shingles and things like that fall on the road and have nails in them and then everyone keeps getting popped tires," Matt said.

Further plans for the road involve using a large magnet to gather the nails, as well as eventually oiling and chipping the road.

For now, commissioners hope the reduced speed limit will ease some of the problems, Matt said.

In some minor administrative work, commissioners will study and plan ahead for the schedule of regularly scheduled meetings of the Woodward County Commissioner's Board for 2014.

They will also note the planned schedule of holidays to be observed in 2014.