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Commissioners’ meeting 3-14-2022

By KEN MILAM

POTEAU – LeFlore County commissioners have called a special business meeting for 2 p.m. Wednesday to purchase four vehicles for the sheriff’s office.

The single-item agenda calls for discussion and possible action of lease-purchase documents with First National Bank to purchase the vehicles on an emergency basis.

County commissioners Cody Covey, Derwin Gist and Craig Olive are shown during Monday’s meeting.

In other business during Monday’s meeting, commissioners denied a request from Poteau Valley Improvement Authority Chairman Mick LaFevers to use some of the county’s COVID-19 relief funds to provide premium pay for PVIA employees. LaFevers said PVIA employees could be considered essential workers maintaining infrastructure and serving public health needs by providing water to most of the communities in the county.


Discuss whether PVIA should receive more county funds


Commission legal counsel Nicholas Wann disagreed, saying it was best to use the American Rescue Plan Act money for “in-house” expenses, and PVIA is a public trust.

Commissioners approved premium pay for eligible essential county employees last week. Eligible employees – not elected officers – were approved for up to $500 per month of service from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2021.

Commissioners also agreed to seek sealed bids for purchase and installation of a 100-ton chiller from the courthouse. Two resolutions were approved for ongoing bridge projects – one on Brazil Creek Road west of Shady Point and another a mile east of Shady Point over the Poteau River.

County officers also met as the Budget Board, approving sales tax appropriations of $157,074 each for LeFlore County Detention Center, Solid Waste and Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center bonds and $78,536 for the detention center and local fire departments.

Some $76 was transferred from the sheriff’sK-9 fund to its maintenance and operation fund.

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