Woodward County Commissioners approved four utility permits and also held an executive session to receive an update on a lawsuit during their weekly meeting Monday.

Commissioners agreed to enter an executive session to discuss pending litigation in a lawsuit against the county. The lawsuit stems from a 2011 lawsuit where an inmate sued for damages after allegedly being beaten by fellow inmates in the county jail.

The inmate, Cory Wright, died in circumstances not related to the alleged beating shortly after filing the case, but the lawsuit is being continued by his estate, administrated by his spouse Mandi Wright.

The open session was reconvened after discussions took place, where commissioners decided to take no action at this time.

A resolution passed determining the maximum monthly highway expenditures for August at $273,343.

Four utility permits were approved for 12 inch natural gas pipelines to bore under District No. 2 roadways in sections 13, 24, 12-T20N-R18W and sections 7 & 6-T20N-R17W.

Commissioners approved the Bryan County Youth Services Secure Detention Contract for $39.35 per child per day.

The Great Western Wind Energy LLC and Westchester Fire Insurance Road Maintenance bond was approved at $2 million.

Three sealed bids were opened for 6 month road materials for all highway districts.

Each bid contained materials such as steel cable, guardrails, and steel pipe from Dub Ross Company, Sunbelt Equipment & Supply, and the Railroad Yard.

The bids are to be tabulated and considered for approval in the next meeting.

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