Woodward County Commissioners met Monday morning and heard a report from emergency management.
Emergency Management Director Lt. Matt Lehenbauer reported, “FEMA denied our request for assistance. Forty-one counties applied for it and only 18 got approved. Nobody in the western half of the state did.”
According to Lehenbauer, only about $30,000 worth of flood damages from May and June of this year was accepted out of the approximately $180,000 in damages turned in. He has until Wednesday morning to submit an appeal with around $50,000 more in damage proof, along with latitude and longitude for each site.
The next step is to register sites with the Federal Highway Administration. They require at least $5,000 in damages, according to Lehenbauer.
A warranty deed with the State of Oklahoma acting through the Department of Transportation for lots 15 through 28 inclusive of block 1 of Cline Park second addition to Woodward had been tabled for more information on how the state wants to move forward with use of the land. The board previously approved the state purchasing the land. District Attorney Christopher M. Boring was not present and commissioners did not know if he’d had a chance to review the situation, so they tabled it again.
Commissioners approved the countywide, six month tire bids from T&W Tire out of Elk City and Direct Discount Tires out of Stillwater. During public comments Doug Eagan expressed concern that there were no bids from local companies to consider. When the agenda item came up, District 1 Commissioner Troy White asked County Clerk Wendy Dunlap if notifications are sent out to local vendors. She replied that they are and a lot of them are state contracts, which the commissioners can purchase through as well as through the countywide bids. District 3 Commissioner Vernie Matt confirmed that the county can buy locally without a bid.
The board approved the treasurer’s newly formatted fiscal statement.
“This is just a new format that the auditors are wanting us to use and they've added footnotes to it,” County Treasurer Kim Bowers said.
The allocation of Alcoholic Beverage Tax was approved at $24,123.12.
Several applications for public service pipeline crossing permits were approved from PLS for 4” boring for a produced water line in district 2 across parts of sections 25 and 36 T20N R17W.
In new or unforeseen business Sheriff Kevin Mitchell discussed a vehicle that needs to go to auction. He also reported that the new food service took over and looks like it’s going to work well. The jail is continuing to have air conditioning problems. An inmate hit a sprinkler head again, setting off the fire alarms. He also reported the Sheriff’s portion of the sales tax collections is up a little, around $73,000.