2010 COUNTY NEWS Archive 4-H DAY AT OAKWOOD MALL -
4-Hers from Grant County will travel to Enid, Saturday, January 8, 2011 to participate in the twenty-sixth annual "4-H" Day at Oakwood Mall. Over 300 4-Hers from Northwest Oklahoma are expected to participate in the daylong activities. Those participating from Grant County are Christina Houck and Ashley Sellers, Wakita 4-H with a working display, Smoothie Demonstration; Camden Cope, Medford 4-H presenting “Nifty Keychains”working display and participating in the speech contest; Molly Blaser, Deer Creek Lamont 4-H will give a take part in the speech contest.
Participants from across the N.W. District will display projects dealing with such diverse 4-H activities as woodworking, electricity, safety, care of animals, environmental awareness, clothing, foods, leisure arts, computers, fitness, photography, etc. Participants will also be competing in a district-wide speech contest. These displays are unusual in that they are all working displays. The public is encouraged to ask questions of the 4-Hers. Our 4-H members are excited about this opportunity to share with the public what they have learned through their project work. It is not always learning the basic steps of doing something either, as many are "quite in-depth." The displays are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at fifteen different locations throughout the Mall. The presenters and subject matter will change each hour.
The day will begin with a mini-float parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by two 4-H Fashion and Share-The-Fun Shows beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. They will feature talent acts presented by 4-H youth, and 4-Hers modeling apparel they have coordinated or constructed. The public is not only invited to come out and see the positive things youth are doing, but to come out and learn from what the youth have to share. 4-H has come a long way in the past 100 years from its rural roots. Today it has projects that are of interest to youth regardless of where they live or what their interests are. The Mall Day would be a good opportunity for prospective members to come and see what 4-H has to offer. There are just as many 4-Hers who live in towns and cities with populations over 10,000 than 4-Hers living on the farm or small towns. Generally, 4-H is for youth 9-19 years of age but many counties have a Cloverbud Program for youth under nine.
OHCE BEGINNING QUILT GROUP MEETING -
The next Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) Quilt group meeting will be Tuesday January 4 at 7:00pm. The meeting room will be open at 5:00pm for those who want to arrive early to sew. Shari Eulberg will demonstrate the current quilt block of the month pattern. Anyone interested in quilting is invited to come to the meeting. Rotary cutting tools and sewing machines will be available. Accomplished quilters are also WELCOME! For more information contact Robyn Rapp, Grant County Extension Educator Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development at the Grant County OSU Cooperative Extension Office, 580-395-2134, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMISSIONERS TABLE SANDRIDGE OFFER -
The Grant County Board of Commissioners came to order at 9 a.m. December 20, 2010, with Commission Chairman Max Hess and Commissioner Cindy Bobbitt present. Commissioner Jerry Shaffer was not present. Hess said Shaffer was running late because he was discussing the SandRidge proposal with attorneys (see more information below). Bobbitt led the prayer, and Hess led the flag salute. Also present were County Clerk Debbie Kretchmar, Treasurer Penny Dowell and Grant County Excise Board members Melvin McFeeters and Arthur Green. Korina Dove arrived at 9:04 a.m. Ken Kiser left his tape recorder at 9:13 a.m. Shaffer arrived at 9:16 a.m. David Haynes arrived at 9:23 a.m. SandRidge representatives Cass Meier and Scott White joined the meeting at 10:13 a.m. Assessor Phil McCoy joined the Board of Tax Roll Corrections meeting at 10:30 a.m. The minutes from the December 13, 2010 meeting were tabled because Bobbitt was not present at that meeting. She requested they be tabled until Shaffer and Hess, who attended the December 13 meeting, could review them. Under public comments, Dowell said she is not in favor of a proposal from SandRidge to have the courthouse open after hours for three months to view public land records. The company has offered the county $100,000 to keep the courthouse open after hours. Dowell said the strain on the county clerk’s office is too much already, and keeping the office open after hours would be an additional burden. December appropriations were reviewed and approved. Bobbitt motioned to approve transfers of appropriations. Shaffer seconded. The motion was approved. Shaffer motioned to approve the minutes from December 13. Hess seconded, with one correction. Hess and Shaffer voted aye. Bobbitt abstained. Shaffer moved to approve December payroll. Bobbitt seconded. All voted aye. Shaffer motioned for a recess at 10:52 a.m. Bobbitt seconded. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting reconvened at 11:19 a.m. Bobbitt motioned to review purchase orders and travel claims. Shaffer seconded. All voted aye. Shaffer stepped out of the meeting to take a phone call. Bobbitt motioned to open bids for election ballots. Hess seconded. Hess and Bobbitt voted aye. Commissioners voted to approve purchase orders and travel claims and voted to skip to Item G, SandRidge courthouse lease, on the agenda. Shaffer said he has received information regarding the legality of the courthouse lease proposal but has not had time to review the information. He said the main purpose for considering the proposal is the extra funding ($100,000) offered to the county. Scott White said other economic benefits are that SandRidge is the most activated driller (12 rigs) in the county. “You’ll see a significant increase in 2011,” White said. “I don’t see that slowing down.” SandRidge has plans to drill about 450 horizontal wells, which require saltwater disposals. Changes that have been made to the agreement by the county and SandRidge have been approved by SandRidge’s legal department. Bobbitt said she has not seen the agreement and asked for a copy. Copies were provided for Hess, Shaffer, Bobbitt and Kretchmar. Shaffer said changes included: If the county terminates the lease early, a prorated amount would be refunded to SandRidge. If SandRidge terminates the lease early, no money would be refunded by the county. SandRidge will provide an additional $10,000 per month to cover salaries and other expenses incurred by the county, making the total cost for the proposal $140,000. The term of the lease will cover January 3, 2011 through the month of April. The courthouse will not be open any holidays or Sundays. Shaffer said in no way is he trying to cause anyone distress. The main purpose is to accommodate the people in the county. He received a letter from the county’s legal counsel the morning of the meeting and had not had a chance to review the information. Bobbitt said she has visited with farmers and ranchers in her district, and they are in favor of the proposal because they want SandRidge to lease their land. Hess said earlier in the meeting that constituents in District 1 also are in favor of the proposal. Kretchmar said more than 1,000 leases been filed, and about 300 are from SandRidge. One of SandRidge’s leases was 152 pages. Another was 58 pages. “Apparently you are still being able to work in my office,” Kretchmar said. Kretchmar has put those viewing land records on schedules to come into the county clerk’s office in groups. “They say they are getting their work done,” Kretchmar said. “Having one company come in is a bit of an unfair advantage to the other companies,” Kretchmar said. “This has all been talked about around my head, and I am the only one who can sign a contract for my office, so I’ve been told by my counsel.” Shaffer said he is not wanting to put a hardship on Kretchmar’s office. The commissioners are just trying to help the county. Bobbitt motioned to recess the meeting at 11:24 a.m. to review legal information and reconvene at 1:30 p.m. Shaffer seconded. All voted aye. The meeting reconvened at 1:30 p.m. Commissioners tabled the decision regarding the SandRidge lease. Commissioners approved temporary water lines in 15/22-27-7, 28/29-29-6 and 10/11-26-6 (Item F). Also passed was a resolution for safety awards. Each qualified employee will receive $250. Blanket purchase orders were approved. Under commissioner comments, Bobbitt said she attended the second annual Commissioner/District Attorney Conference. Under new business, crossing permits for Crescent Services were approved for temporary waterlines for SandRidge.
SANDRIDGE PROPOSAL STILL ON TABLE -
The Grant County Board of Commissioners convened the regular meeting of December 12, 2010, at 9 a.m. with Commission Chairman Max Hess and Commissioner Jerry Shaffer present. Commissioner Cindy Bobbitt was absent. Also present were County Clerk Debbie Kretchmar, Treasurer Penny Dowell and Korina Dove. Ken Kiser left his tape recorder at 9:10 a.m. Shaffer led the prayer, and Dowell led the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioners reviewed and approved the minutes from the December 6 regular meeting. There were no comments from the public. Shaffer moved to review payment of purchase orders and travel claims. Hess and Shaffer voted aye. Shaffer moved to approve payment of purchase orders and travel claims. Hess seconded. Both voted aye. The motion passed. Shaffer moved to approve two transfers of appropriations. The motion was passed. The assessor asked for the transfer of $967.31 from Capital Outlay to Maintenance and Operations for correction of funds appropriated to wrong account. Also transferred was $16,000 from CR Road Projects to the Revolving Fund and Maintenance and Operations. The commissioners approved a resolution for Less Than Three Ton Action Plan for bridges in District 2. Hess motioned to approve the allocation of November’s Alcohol Beverage Tax. Shaffer seconded. The motion was approved. The allocations totaled $6,097.11 and were appropriated as follows: Pond Creek, $1,569.38; Medford, $2,052.80; Jefferson, $64.81; Renfrow, $28.02; Manchester, $182.16; Lamont, $814.47; Wakita, $735.65; Deer Creek, $257.48; Nash, $392.34. Shaffer moved for a short recess at 10:43 a.m. Hess seconded. The motion was passed. The board reconvened at 11:02 a.m. After review, commissioners Hess and Shaffer approved a request for transfer of payment from the CBRI 105 fund for bridge reimbursement for District 2. Also approved was a request for ETR payment for ETRCB8-27-3(06)09 and ETRCB8-27-(09)09 in District 3. Hawley Fire Department requested the commissioners sign a letter to Northern Oklahoma Development Authority for the reimbursement of $4,637.77 for a Rural Economic Action Plan grant. Shaffer moved to approve. Hess seconded. The motion was passed. Commissioners discussed a proposal from SandRidge to lease the county clerk’s office after hours for three months. Shaffer said he had spoken to Larry Derryberry, attorney, about the proposal but has received no more information from SandRidge to further the investigation. Shaffer said Derryberry recommended that the county should pursue the proposal, but more information from SandRidge is needed. Shaffer said he wants to hear more from Assistant District Attorney Steven Young as well. Shaffer said he was told that elected officials cannot participate in the proposal, which is to open the courthouse after hours so that SandRidge contractors or employees can view public records. Kretchmar said deputies in her office do not have the time to work after hours. She showed one book from 1901 that was “together” in July and is falling apart now because of public use. Shaffer said having someone oversee the use and viewing of the county’s books is a must. Shaffer said a SandRidge official said the company would pay salaries of overseers up to $10,000. Someone may have to be trained to oversee SandRidge workers after hours. Any time spent over the three-month proposal, SandRidge would pay an additional $25,000, but no time period was specified. SandRidge offered the county $100,000 to lease the courthouse after hours for three months. Shaffer said possibly half the funds should go to the county clerk’s office for book restoration, etc. Shaffer asked Kretchmar if the proposal might be workable. Kretchmar said if the proposal is legal, she would have to work with it if approved by commissioners. Hess asked Kretchmar if the proposal was worth the hassle. Kretchmar said for $100,000, she would have to see how much part-time help she could find. Under Item I, the commissioners discussed the Safety Award Program and requirements. Employees who have not worked for the county for a year do not qualify for a safety award. Hess motioned to approve safety awards for employees who qualify for the awards. Shaffer seconded. The motion was passed. At 11:42 a.m., Executive Assistant Rich Donaldson presented the commissioners with an item sent by Commissioner Cindy Bobbitt that she asked be discussed under new business. Hess and Shaffer reviewed a request for multiple crossing permits from Crescent Services. Hess motioned to approve the request. Shaffer seconded. Both voted aye. One blanket purchase order was approved by Hess and Shaffer. Under commissioner comments, Shaffer said he intends to attend a safety meeting Tuesday. He also asked Kretchmar for a list of blasters that were sent bids so he can bid blasting again at the quarry. Hess said the Circuit Engineering District meeting and open house is set for December 22; Shaffer said he and Jerry Thomas would attend. Hess said he went to the statewide CED meeting Dec. 8; he had applied for a $500,000 project, which was approved. Under new business, nothing was discussed. Shaffer moved for adjournment at 12:10 p.m. The motion was passed.
EMERGENCY SERVICES, FAIRGROUNDS SALES TAX PROPOSALS GO ON 2011 BALLOTS -
The Grant County Board of Commissioners called the December 6, 2010 meeting to order at 9:01 a.m. with commissioners Max Hess, Jerry Shaffer and Cindy Bobbitt present. Also present were County Clerk Debbie Kretchmar, Grant County Fair Board members Steve Stinson, Shane Krittenbrink, Shirlene McKee, Jim Blaser and Phil Ransom. Korina Schneider and Joan Shire also were in attendance. Ken Kiser left his tape recorder at 9:08 a.m. At 9:17 a.m., Sheriff Roland Hula and Nash Firefighters Larry Cokeley and Myles Dershim joined the meeting. Glen Nickles, Rich Allimento and Donnie Head joined the meeting later. Commissioners considered the minutes from the November 22 regular meeting and officer meeting. The minutes were approved, with corrections. Under comments from the public, no comments were made. Commissioners signed Early Watershed Protection agreements with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Bobbitt motioned to approve a sales tax resolution for the county’s fire departments, sheriff’s department and emergency medical services. Shaffer seconded. The motion was approved unanimously. The resolution will ask for the continuation of a 1-cent sales tax to benefit the county’s 12 emergency services, including eight fire departments, two ambulance services, the sheriff’s department and the Grant County Emergency Services Association. If passed, the tax will continue for 10 years. The issue will go to a vote of the people during a special election set for March 1, 2011. Also approved was a sales tax resolution to provide a ¼-cent sales tax earmarked for improvements to the Grant County Fairgrounds. The tax is proposed to continue for 10 years. The resolution will be considered by the citizens of Grant County during a special election set for February 8, 2011. Shaffer motioned to approve the resolution. Bobbitt seconded. The motion was approved unanimously. Bobbitt motioned to review purchase orders and travel claims. Shaffer seconded. All voted aye. Shaffer motioned to approve purchase orders and travel claims. Bobbitt seconded. All voted aye. Transfers of appropriations were approved. Bobbitt motioned to jump to New Business to hear from Nickles, but he had no comment. Circuit Engineering District 8 Director Donnie Head presented inspection claims and invoices for bridge inspections. In District 1, there were 51 bridges inspected at a cost of $9,852.30. Sixty-six bridges were inspected in District 2 at a cost of $12,573. In District 3, Head said 51 bridges were inspected at a cost of $9,811.80. Shaffer moved for a recess at 11:26 a.m. Bobbitt seconded. The motion was approved. The meeting was reconvened at 11:45 a.m. Under Item G, commissioners approved a crossing permit for the Town of Wakita in District 1. Also approved were crossing permits for ConocoPhillips and Crescent Services in District 3. Commissioners considered approval of the 2011 holiday schedule. Two options were presented. One option included closing the courthouse for 13 days, including Columbus Day. The other option included 12 paid holidays, excluding Columbus Day. Shaffer motioned to approve the option for 13 holidays. Bobbitt seconded. All voted aye. The board also considered the 2011 schedule of meetings for the board of commissioners. Bobbitt suggested adding six regular meetings on Thursdays to approve payroll. Bobbitt motioned for the addition. Shaffer seconded. All voted aye. The schedule was later changed to five additional meetings. A collateral inspection report from State Exchange Bank for all districts was reviewed. The report was approved and signed by all three commissioners. Jennifer Stacy was designated requesting officer for the treasurer’s office. Stacy replaces Mandy Smith, who resigned. Commissioners approved salary reimbursement claims for three months for the election board secretary. The board also approved crossing permits from Atlas Pipeline in District 1 and District 3. Bobbitt motioned to approve a Notice to Bid for election ballots. The motion passed unanimously. Shaffer moved to approve a Notice to Bid for the 6-month material bid. The motion was passed by all three commissioners. Hess motioned to approve blanket purchase orders. Shaffer seconded. All voted aye. Under commissioner comments, Bobbitt discussed legislation that was discussed at the recent National Association of Counties conference and encouraged everyone to visit the county’s Web site at www.grantcountyok.com. Hess said he attended a safety conference. Due to new requirements, lettering on the county’s new signs will have to be changed during the next nine years. The first letter of every sign will have to be capitalized with lowercase lettering following. Executive Assistant Rich Donaldson gave highlights of the recent safety meeting and said signs will have to be replaced with the new lettering at the end of the sign’s life. Stop signs will need to be larger, but Donaldson said most of Grant County’s stop signs are up to code already. Hess also said the National Cotton Growers Association is trying to pass regulations regarding spraying weeds on the county’s right-of-way. Hess did not have specifications but said, if passed, the regulations will affect the way the county sprays and mows ditches. He also warned against the dangers of a new synthetic marijuana, available over-the-counter, called Spice. Under new business, Shaffer asked if Christmas bonuses will be given. No policy is in place to give bonuses or safety awards. Hess said he is in favor of giving bonuses, if possible. Bonuses were not budgeted. Bobbitt suggested putting the item on next week’s agenda. Bobbitt motioned to adjourn at 12:52 p.m. Shaffer seconded. All voted aye.
PAMPER YOUR FEET LESSON DEC. 9 -
An educational lesson titled: “Pamper Your Feet” will be presented by Robyn Rapp, Grant County Extension Educator Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development on Thursday December 9 at 11:00 am at Greazy Steve’s Restaurant, 522 W Cedar Street in Pond Creek Oklahoma. The public is invited to attend and stay for Dutch treat lunch after the lesson. For more information or a copy of the printed handout call 580-395-2134 or email email@example.com.
COMMISSION NIXES JEFFERSON PARK MOTOCROSS PROPOSAL, LOOKS AT OPENING COURTHOUSE AFTER HOURS -
The regular meeting of the Grant County Board of Commissioners was called to order at 9:06 a.m. with commissioners Max Hess, Jerry Shaffer and Cindy Bobbitt present. Bobbitt led the prayer, and Shaffer led the flag salute. Also present were Grant County Excise Board members Melvin McFeeters and Billy Joe Halcomb, Treasurer Penny Dowell, Larry Don Dewey, Kyla Barr, Micah Barr, Korina Schneider and Ken Kiser’s recorder. Phillip York with SandRidge arrived about 10 a.m. After review, the minutes from the November 15, 2010 regular commission meeting were approved unanimously. Under comments from the public, Micah Barr commented on Item G, Jefferson Park lease proposal. He said he wanted to respectively remind commissioners of a public meeting held a couple weeks ago with 41 people in attendance. Those in attendance, Barr said, were overwhelmingly against turning Jefferson Park into a motocross track as was proposed last year by Enid resident Mike Burdick. Barr said the commission should be commended for seeking things to bring into Grant County and that Grant County citizens want to see the county grow and improve, but people are overwhelmingly against building a motocross track at the park. Dewey asked if the agenda item would be voted on during the meeting. He said he echoed Barr’s comments. Dewey suggested commissioners and constituents work together to improve the park area. He said he knows county funds are tight, but he thought the costs of improving the park might include as little as some fuel, which maybe could be donated, and volunteers seemed willing to help with the upkeep of the park. The general consensus of the group at the special meeting was that they would like to see something done with the park, but people do not want it to be made into a motocross track, Dewey said. Bobbitt motioned to jump to Item G, Jefferson Park lease proposal. The motion was approved. Bobbitt then motioned to decline the Jefferson Park lease proposal. Shaffer seconded, and all voted aye. Shaffer motioned to move to Item A, November appropriations, which were approved. November payroll was approved unanimously. Phillip York attended the meeting to represent SandRidge for Item D on the Agenda. Commissioners reviewed and approved the item, SandRidge Oil Lease and leases pertaining to Grant County. Hess asked York how other counties handle road upkeep issues. York said he was not aware of how other counties handle those issues. York suggested Hess make a list of expectations, and York would pass it on to the company. In reviewing the lease, Bobbitt noted that the description and acreages did not match. Bobbitt motioned for a short recess at 10:18 a.m. to ask Assistant District Attorney Steven Young about the wording in the lease. York corrected the wording of the lease during the recess. The commissioners voted to reconvene at 10:34 a.m. following the Grant County Board of Tax Roll Corrections. York presented the corrected copies of the lease to the board. The board signed the documents. Shaffer discussed a proposal e-mailed to from SandRidge Energy: the proposal suggested potential weekend and after-hours access to the courthouse and county clerk's office by SandRidge Energy employees. A contract would outline all the conditions. The district attorney needs to be contacted, and the board needs to discuss legality issues as well as auditing issues. Shaffer, Bobbitt and Hess all said they want to pursue the matter further. Bobbitt motioned to review purchase orders and travel claims. The motion was passed. Bobbitt motioned to pay purchase orders and travel claims. The motion was passed. Commissioners approved crossing permits from Crescent Services for temporary water lines in District 1 and District 3. The sheriff’s monthly officer report was approved, subject to audit. Bobbitt motioned to approve an application for funding of an STP project in District 1. Two crossing permits for the Town of Wakita were approved. Commissioners approved a crossing permit in District 1 for Atlas Pipeline. An agreement between Grant County and the OSU Extension Office for fiscal year 2010-11 was approved. There were no blanket purchase orders. Under commissioners comments, Bobbitt said the conference she attended last week went well. Shaffer said the recent blast at the quarry was successful. Hess said a bridge was damaged by an oil rig crew, and he wants to talk to the assistant district attorney about the damage. There was no new business. Bobbitt motioned to adjourn at 12:31 p.m. Shaffer seconded. The motion was passed unanimously.