Woodward County commissioners are expected to vote Monday to renew a contract with the Department of Corrections.

The contract will allow inmates from William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply to work for the county at the fairgrounds, courthouse and in the 3 highway districts, according to County Clerk Ron Hohweiler. The inmates perform services such as mowing grass in ditches.

In other business, the commission will designate requisitioning and receiving officers for Highway District No. 2.

The commission will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the courthouse.


Members of the Woodward County Public Facilities Authority are expected to award bids for construction of the new county jail during a special meeting Tuesday.

Once the bid packages have been awarded, they will be assigned to Joe D. Hall of Elk City, who will be oversee the separate subcontractors throughout construction.

In addition to awarding bids, the board is expected to approve an agreement with Jerry Putnam of Yadon and Putnam CPAs for auditing services.

“The authority has to do an annual audit, so we’ve asked them to do it,” said secretary Ron Hohweiler,  who noted the firm already performs audits for the county .

The authority will also vote on designating shares for investment with United Missouri Bank in Oklahoma City.

The bank holds money that will be disbursed by the authority for expenses incurred during construction of the jail, and the dollars need to be invested so they can start earning interest, Hohweiler said.

The authority will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Emergency Management meeting room at the courthouse.

The authority is meeting earlier than usual because they have to review bids for 35 separate portions of the jail construction project.

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