Plates of homemade cookies were lined up in front of the Carter County Board of Commissioners during their regular meeting Monday morning, but they weren’t judging a baking contest. 

Members of the Carter County Oklahoma Home and Community Education group wanted to treat the commissioners and their employees for considering a proclamation. The commissioners declared May 2-6 as Carter County Oklahoma Home and Community Education week. 

“We believe the family is the catalyst of our society and the stability of the family is the primary purpose of society and that Oklahoma Home and Community Education is a strong influence,” District 3 Commissioner Jerry Alvord read from the proclamation. 

The group’s focus is to better strong family life for communities across the state and safeguard the primary ideals for family and life. 

“The purpose of this organization will continue to be the furtherance of these ideals and the protection of the furtherment of this family,” the proclamation says. 

Danielle Wells, Carter County OSU Extension advisor, said the group has about 82 members. Four attended the commission meeting Monday morning, along with Wells. 

The board also heard about the needs of several fire departments in the county. An agenda item listed 10 sets of bunker gear for Criner Hills Fire Department, eight sets of wildland boots and eight sets of structure boots for Dillard Fire Department, and 18 handheld radios, four mobile radios and a 23 horsepower pump for a brush truck for Fox/Graham Fire Department. 

Wayne Vaughn, who serves on the fire department tax board, said the bunker gear from Criner Hills is about eight to 10 years old. 

The fire chief of Fox/Graham fire department, Rudy Stewart, said they were needing radios because they didn’t have any. 

“I have two handheld radios and I have 23 firemen,” Stewart said.

The chief said while their department had several pieces of county equipment, the 23 HP pump would not be going on a county truck, it would be going on one of their brush trucks. 

“The motor and the pump, both, are wore out,” he said.

He estimated the pump would cost somewhere around $3,200. Stewart added that they are a Title 18 fire department and do not have a tax basis. 

“The only way we get stuff is fundraisers and through the county tax money,” he said. 

District 1 Commissioner Joe David McReynolds said he would like to table the 23 HP pump for now and see if they can find something more reasonable. All other fire equipment items were approved. 

A contract between the Carter County Health Department and Lake Murray Lodge for the use of their ballroom was approved Monday, as well. Sharon Ford, administrative officer with the health department, said the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust is using it as a meeting room with other partners and the cost will be completely reimbursed by state TSET funds. 

Commissioners approved the appointment of Jeremy Jones as a replacement member of the Rural Southern Oklahoma Emergency Services Board after tabling it last week to further look into the board’s function. 

McReynolds said they are an ambulance service in the western part of the county and are also part of Jefferson County. It was formerly known to him as the 522 board. 

Other items approved Monday included the following:

• A road crossing permit for Chickasaw Telephone Company in District 3 with the stipulation the company stays as close to the fence as possible

• Office equipment, including a printer and monitor, declared surplus from the Assessor’s Office

• Requisitions and purchase orders for county highway, general government and all cash accounts