By John Filonow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Payne County Commissioners approved a quit claim deed Friday which will give the city of Stillwater the former county jail annex.
The property, at 815 S. Duncan, was no longer used by the county.
At the Nov. 5 City Council meeting, the city and the county agreed to a memorandum of understanding to convert the city jail into a juvenile facility and have the county house all adult inmates.
Stillwater Director of Public Safety Norman McNickle said the project is awaiting approval from the state legislature.
County commissioner Zach Cavett said he is concerned that the legislature won’t approve the project.
City Attorney John Dorman said the City Council is fully committed to carrying out the project.
Meeting as the Payne County Economic Development Authority, commissioners approved an $80,000 grant for Oklahoma Territorial Plaza in Perkins.
Commissioner Gloria Hesser said the grant would allow Perkins to make numerous improvements to the plaza, including restoring Pistol Pete’s home, improving the plaza’s splash pad and making the center compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Payne County Budget Board approved transfers made in the commission meeting, including $645,328 from the road tax fund held in reserve for districts 1 and 3.
The funds were split following the results of a road study, for which the board authorized a $35,000 payment.
Commissioners also approved a resolution allowing the purchase of 3⁄4 ton pickups for District 3.
Commissioners approved purchase orders totaling $205,238, and payroll for 200 employees for $586,519.
Commissioner Jim Arthur presented County Clerk Linda Hatfield and three employees of the clerk’s office who are retiring with certificates thanking them for their service to the county.