The Carter County Commission on Monday approved a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections that leases office space for probation and parole employees. Commission chair Jerry Alvord said that Carter County Annex 3 is a good location for DOC probation and paroles because of its proximity to the county courthouse, and that the county can use the additional income for maintenance of properties. 

“It allows us to create an income from the state to put towards the building maintenance,” Alvord told the commission. “Anything that doesn’t go into maintaining that building will go into the rest of our building maintenance fund, so it’s a good deal for everyone.”

Annex 3, located on First Avenue Southwest, once housed the district attorney’s bogus check division, but Alvord said it has been vacant since that division moved to the old commissioner’s annex. According to a copy of the contract, the county will collect $1,100 per month for nearly 1,700 square feet of office space. 

“It gives the people of Carter County a better service with probation and paroles right next door to the courthouse,” Alvord said.

In other business, the commission:

• approved deeds and transcripts on three properties acquired through auction from the treasurer’s office;

• approved a contract between the sheriff’s office and AT&T that adds recording services to dispatch telephones;

• approved the $5,433.60 purchase of 12 smoothbore nozzles and tips for the Ardmore Fire Department;

• approved employee payroll and county officers’ reports;

• approved requisitions and purchase orders for county highway, general government, and cash accounts.