Stillwater News Press

June 28, 2013

GOVERNMENT WATCH: Payne County Commissioners

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commisoners renewed a contract for a medical provider for the Sheriff’s Office during Thursday’s meeting.

Commissioners dealt with many contract renewals during the meeting but the biggest contract involved the Sheriff’s Office’s medical provider, ACH.

Jail Administrator Reese Lane said he highly recommended the contract renewal with ACH. The only thing different about the contract was the amount of hours nursing ACH provides, switching from 80 hours to 100 hours.

The contract calls for annual 3 percent rate increases. Even though there is an increase, Lane said he has seen the alternative and wants to continue using ACH.

ACH also provides good care to the inmates and eight hours of therapy sessions, which comes in handy, Lane said. The new contract was $300,000 but Lane knocked off $15,000 from the contract during the negotiation’s process.

Commissioners approved the Sheriff’s Office’s contract with ACH 3-0.

Other items included:

• Approval of minutes of the June 10 meeting. (District 1 Commisioner Zach Cavett abstained)

• Approval of minutes of the June 17 meeting. (District 3 Commissioner Jim Arthur abstained)

• Accepted a $100 donation from Jim Campbell and Associates to make repairs to Sanger, McMurtry, and Yost and Country Club roads.

• Designated a portion of a sales tax it all ready collects to make road repairs.

• Approved an agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation on a road project.

• Approved  utility verification for the Country Club Road reimbursement from the state to District 3.

• Tabled final plans for bridges and approaches over Stillwater Creek until additional information is obtained.

• Contract renewal with Falco Alarm Co., which there is no change and remains $30 a month. Falco provides alarm services for the administration building and courthouse.

• Contract renewal with Alliance Maintenance, the courthouse janitorial staf. The price stayed the same.

• Contract renewal with Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation, which places vending machines and collects the profits. This contract stayed the same.

• Contract renewal with Unifirst, which is the service that provides some of the cleaning materials. This contract was unchanged.

• Contract renewal with Frontier Fire Protection, which checks and updates the county’s fire systems.  This contract stayed the same.

• Decided to wait for the district attorney’s review before signing an interlocal agreement between McClain County and Payne County.

• Tabled a proposal from M-Power to build a storm shelter at its building. The county must approve because it owns the land and the county is not paying for the storm shelter. The board tabled this decision because it wants a representative from M-Power to come and present its case.

• Signed an invoice of $7,500 with Mehlburger-Brawley for a utility move for the Country Club Road project.

• Removed equipment items from the inventory from the Perkins Fire Department, County Clerk’s office, County Treasurer’s office and District 3.

• Appointed requisition and receiving officers.

• Transferred appropriations.

• Approved payroll and purchase orders.

• Cathy Burnett came and requested the county consider helping construct a passage to new land her family bought at Range Road north of the Stillwater Regional Airport; Burnett said the passage is a “dirt path.” This is a section line and the county has the authority to make it a road. There would first have to be a resolution opening a portion of the section line and then the county could proceed from there. Arthur said they would look at the situation and see if they could help.