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June 24, 2014

County OKs ‘In God We Trust’ sign

Woodward, Okla. — Commissioners reappointed three people to the Woodward County E-911 Board, confirmed the Woodward County Extension budget for the coming year and approved a new sign for the county commission chambers with the national motto, "In God We Trust."

All this came during Monday's weekly commission meeting.

Assistant City Manager, Doug Haines, Woodward County Sheriff, Gary Stanley and Bill Phillips have agreed to serve anther term on the Woodward County Emergency 911 Board, according to Shaun Barnett, E-911 Director.

Commissioners okayed a resolution for a new sign to be displayed in the commissioner's chambers with the national motto "In God We Trust." The style and size will be determined later, according to District 1 Commissioner Tommy Roedell. The measure was approved unanimously.

"I am 100 percent in favor of it," said District 2 Commissioner, Randy Johnson. "I am worried, though, that there will be some repercussions from it."

The acceptance of "In God We Trust" as the national motto dates back to the 1860s, according to a U.S. Treasury fact sheet. While there has historically been some controversy around the motto's use on coinage, it has been unsuccessfully challenged since it was adopted as the national motto in 1956.

In 2006, at it's 50th anniversary since the law signed by President Dwight Eisenhower made it the official national motto, the Senate reaffirmed the motto. In 2011, the House of Representatives passed a resolution also supporting the motto, according to U.S. Treasury fact sheets.

In other business, commissioners approved $264,721.23 for the county cash fund estimate of needs and request for appropriations.

Commissioners also considered and approved a utility permit request from Pride Energy Company. The company intends to bore under a county road in District 3 for a natural gas pipeline - a two inch natural gas flow line.

The Woodward County Extension budget was also approved Monday. The Woodward County Extension office operates on a total budget of $150,716 not counting personnel. The budget was approved with one change, a $30,000 transfer from reserves for capital outlay, according to Woodward County Extension Director, Melanie Matt.

"We increased the budget in the form of capital outlay because we foresaw some expenses moving into the new building," Matt said.

Commissioners also approved the one time payment of the premium of $135,097.00  for county property and liability insurance.

Circuit Engineering District 8 Manager Donnie Head presented bridge inspection invoices for a total of 82 bridges that were recently inspected by the district.

The total cost of the inspections amounted to $35,860.

County bridges in Woodward County are inspected on a 24 month schedule, according to Head.

Bridges found to be damaged or weakening are inspected every 6-to-12 months, he said. Those bridges are classified as weakened and either repaired or load level postings are decreased to less than the bridge is classified to handle, Head said.

"Woodward County bridges are really in good shape overall," Head said.

In new business, a county resident questioned the commissioners about a letter from the commissioners sent to the City of Woodward. The letter requested information regarding the possible use of golf course land to help provide driving space for vehicles entering the new county fairgrounds.

The letter was a request for consideration of the possibility of an agreement between the two agencies and appeared on the City of Woodward agenda for the city meeting held May 19 but was tabled at that meeting for more time for both agencies to discuss how much land might be needed.

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