The board of Carter County Commissioners met Monday to approve several motions intended to keep the county government up and running.
Commissioners agreed to take on the cash accounts and purchase orders from the county highway construction and maintenance, general government, sheriff’s office, and other cash accounts in the amount of $411,248. The act, though routine, keeps the county up and running.
In taking on the accounts, the commissioners devote county funds to certain agencies. These expenses help the departments the county oversees operate day-to-day. Some of these account acquisitions include: the telephone bill for the 911 call center, the electric bill for the Carter County emergency siren services, and food for the county jail.
The commissioners also authorized floodplain permits for the north-west portion of Carter County. These permits allow the installation of pipelines that will help alleviate flooding in the area, just north of Ratliff City.
“That’s my area,” said Bill Baker, district two county commissioner. “I think we need to make a motion to approve.”
Paul Tucker, the Carter County Emergency Management director, said that there are two sites where the flooding needs to be alleviated, and that is where the pipes will go.
The commissioners also approved a motion for a $248,937 workers compensation insurance plan through the Association of County Commissioners. If not approved, county employees would not be able to file for compensation when they are hurt on the job.
According to a study done by the state of Oregon, Oklahoma ranks eighth in the nation for highest workers’ compensation premium rates. The study also found that workers’ compensation premiums in Oklahoma cost 121 percent of the national median.
County Commissioner for District three, Jerry Alvord, assured the room that this insurance plan was the most cost effective option for the county.
“We’ve looked around, and this is the cheapest around,” Alvord said.
The commissioners also renewed the county elevator contracts for the maintenance of the elevators in the county commissioners annex, the county courthouse, and the three elevators they maintain at the Noble Energy Building. The elevator contract will cost the county $5,936.
District one County Commissioner Joe David McReynolds said the city paid a similar amount for the elevator maintenance last year, and did not need a more expensive plan because the elevators are in good shape and they don’t expect to incur extra costs. But without the contract, the county would have to pay out of pocket, at a higher rate, for routine maintenance to the elevators.
The board of county commissioners meet every Monday at 9 a.m. in Carter County Annex Building 1.