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Kenny Wall Retires After 28 Years of Service

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 It all started in January of 1991. 

Kenny Wall had begun a journey in county government by becoming  the District 1 County Commissioner in Jefferson County. 

In 2008 he left the District 1 Commissioner position to become the manager of projects for the Circuit Engineering District number 6. 

As the only full-time employee of District 6 he worked for nine counties as an overseer of the road and bridge projects, and hired the engineers for the projects. He would then oversee the project all the way through to completion. 

Although the Oklahoma Cooperative Circuit Engineering Districts were set up in 1997 there wasn’t any money available for the hiring of employees until 2008. Kenny Wall was the first full-time employee for District 6, Jefferson County is a part of that district.

He was the one who set up the way the district 6 is operated. 

Because there wasn’t any money to hire other staff personnel he had to be creative. Most of the work he did by himself. 

His office was in his home because they didn’t have the money to buy offices. 

The individual counties worked with Wall on the projects. 

The districts are funded by the Department of Transportation. 

Wall said he was able to give back around $540,000 to the counties in his district each year. 

His goal was to always do what he could to help the individual counties the best he could. 

What he will miss the most will be the interaction with the commissioners of those counties. 

What he will enjoy about retirement is working with his reining horses and competing in shows. 

He has been participating in the reining horse competitions for about 20 years. 

He recently won first place in a competition at Shawnee after sitting out for about a year. 

Wall will also enjoy spending time with his grandchildren. He and his wife Sheila have three. Their daughter Shandra Yasuda has two girls and a boy. 

Joel is 13.

Abby is 7.

Elly is 4.

He says they keep him busy. But he enjoys them immensely.

County Commissioner Minutes from the November 1 Special Meeting

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HELD ON NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AT THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 220 NORTH MAIN, ROOM 102, WAURIKA, OKLAHOMA:

PRESENT:

Ricky Martin, Chairman

Ty Phillips, Vice Chairman

Bryce Bohot, Member

Chairman Martin called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m.

Traci Smith acknowledged that proper notice was given on October 30, 2017 at 9:25 a.m. and the agenda was posted on the bulletin board outside the courthouse and posted on the first-floor bulletin board.

Others present:

Marcey Howell, Commissioners Secretary

Sandra Watkins, Co Assessor

Jeremie Wilson, Co Sheriff

Jimmy D Williams, Deputy Sheriff

Lee Aston, Undersheriff

Tammy Richardson, Election Board Secretary

Bohot made the motion to Approve Meeting Minutes for October 23, 2017. Second:  Phillips.  Aye Votes: Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Tabled Discussion/Action on a Resolution opening and maintaining, as a public highway in District #3, that portion of the section lying between Section 21 and Section 28, Township 7 South, Range 7 West, I.M., Jefferson County, Oklahoma, beginning on the western boundary of the easement for U.S. Highway 81 and extending to the eastern boundary of Section 29, Township 7 South, Range 7 West, I.M., Jefferson County, Oklahoma

Bohot made motion to Approve Declaration of Surplus Inventory D304.16 2007 John Deere 6415 Comfort Vantage Cab Tractor to sell in CED Auction @ Mike Graham Auctioneer’s site.  Marlow OK.  Saturday, December 2, 2017 and required Circuit Engineering District Auction Policies form AP-100.  The tractor was originally purchased with a mower.  Surplus tractor only.  The mower will be given an inventory number after the tractor sells. Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin. Motion Approved.

Martin made motion to Approve Steel Beam Transfer form from ODOT for the following two Jefferson County District #3 Bridge Projects:  Project NHPPY-234N (043) SS, J/P #29577(04)m US 81 over Unnamed Creek and Project NHPPY-234N(041), J/P29566(04), US 81 over Hackberry Creek; Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved.

Martin made motion to Approve 324-A Claim to Pinnacle Consulting Management Group, Inc. for Right of Way Services ending 8/31/17 for District #3 Road Project Noble Wray Phase II, J/P #29914(04), in the amount of $18,900.00.  Second:  Bohot/Martin/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Martin made motion to Approve 324-A Claim to Pinnacle Consulting Management Group, Inc. for Right of Way Services ending 9/30/17 for District #3 Road Project Noble Wray Phase II, J/P #29914(04), in the amount of $5,850.00.  Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin. Motion Approved.

Bohot made motion to Approve Qualified Vendors and Open Bids #871 as follows:

D1          D2            D3

Sooner Star, 6492 Tribble Rd Ringling OK  73456  $10.75   $13.50      $ 9.75

J.R. Thompson, 3500 N Grand Ave,

Gainesville TX 73548                                          $13.75   $10.75     $11.00

England Construction, P O Box 268,

Waurika OK 73573                                              $10.00   $ 9.00     $ 9.00

Accepted England Construction on opening Bid #871-Hauling of Road Materials for Districts #123.  Second Phillips.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Discussion on 6 and 12 month bids, No Action

Bohot made motion to Approve Resolution to remove Dave Morris from Requisitioning officer for District #1 due to him resigning and adding Larry Etheridge as requisitioning officer for District #1.  Second:  Phillips.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Martin made motion to Adjourn at 10:50 a.m. Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved.

Minutes taken by Traci Smith

Approved by:  JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Ricky Martin, Chairman

Ty Phillips, Vice Chairman

Bryce Bohot, Member

ATTEST:  Traci Smith, County Clerk

Hastings Receives REAP Grant for 2018

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Sue Bridges, Town of Hastings Clerk-Treasurer

Glenda Hood, Town of Hastings Mayor

Ronnie Ward, Executive Director of the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments

 

The Hastings REAP grant of $45,000 will be used to repair and resurface a total of 3.35 miles of town streets that are in dire need of repair.

Caitlyn Ramsey Selected as Princess

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Caitlyn Ramsey (left) was named the 2018 National Miniature Hereford Breeders

Association princess. Caitlyn Ramsey’s parents are Casey and Ruslyn Ramsey.

Caitlyn Ramsey, a 5th grader from Waurika was named the 2018 National Miniature Hereford Breeders Association princess. To compete, Caitlyn had to submit an application along with her resume, answer an essay question and send a head and shoulder picture of herself. She, along with 6 other girls were then judged on their submissions by 2 non Mini Hereford breeders and 1 Mini Hereford breeder. To be a princess you must be between the ages of 10 and 14 and have Miniature Hereford cattle in your name as well as attend/show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. and Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals which will be held this year in Kearney, NE. The Miniature Hereford Breeders Association has always had a queen, but this year the queen coordinator added the princess title. “There are many young kids showing this breed and it’s time they were represented along with the older kids. By having a princess, it shows the younger girls that they too are leaders and someone to look up too.” Caitlyn along with queen Sarah Potter of Silverton, OR were crowned Jan. 20th in Denver at the annual MHBA banquet. Congratulations Caitlyn!

Terral Receives REAP Grant for 2018

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Vincente Villarreal, Town of Terral Mayor

Ronnie Ward, Executive Director of ASCOG

 

The Terral REAP grant of $45,00 will be used to install new water meter to customers. The current meters are obsolete and do not reflect an accurate accounting of water usage.

 

County Commissioner Minutes March 26 2018

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HELD ON MARCH 26, 2018 AT THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 220 NORTH MAIN, ROOM 102, WAURIKA, OKLAHOMA:

PRESENT:

Ty Phillips, Chairman

Bryce Bohot, Vice Chairman

Ricky Martin, Member

Chairman Phillips called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

Traci Smith acknowledged that proper notice was given on March 23, 2018 at 8:36 a.m. and the agenda was posted on the bulletin board outside the courthouse and posted on the first-floor bulletin board.

Others present:

Marcey Howell, Commissioners Secretary

Gail Kelley, Deputy County Treasurer

Kim Berry, Court Clerk

Jeremie Wilson, Co Sheriff

Jimmie Williams, Undersheriff

Jeff Raley, Floyd Law Firm Attorney

Tara Brown, OSU Educator

Tammy Richardson, Election Sec

Ashley Bayless, Deputy Assessor

Martin made the motion to Approve Regular Meeting Minutes held on March 19, 2018. Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes: Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved.

Phillips made the motion to Approve Claims and 24 Blanket Purchase Orders.  Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips. Motion Approved.

Phillips made motion to Approve Resolution #85-2017-2018 for Surplus of Equipment for County Clerk’s Office Inv # F-299-36 Savin Copier/2554-Leased. Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Phillips made motion to Approve Resolution #86-2017-2018 for Disposing of Equipment for County Clerk’s Office Inv # F-299-36 Savin Copier/2554-Leased- Returned to Standley. Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes: Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Tabled Discussion/Action regarding Generator.

Martin made motion to Approve Resolution #87-2017-2018 Opening New Account T-5-Highway Donation Fund.  Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Martin made motion to Approve the Receipt of check #3781 in the amount of $8974.54 a donation from Chickasaw Nation for Road 7/10 miles East of Hwy 81 for 2/10 miles on Co Rd 2160 Terral, OK for estimated improvement for District #3 Road.  Estimated Chip and Seal in amount of $7,200.00 and estimated Flex Base Rock was $1774.54. Reimbursement for road work done to be deposited into CIRB 105-3 in the amount of $1770.18 for actual cost and balance to be put into T-5-Highway Donation Fund.  Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Discussion on New 911 System and Equipment with Jimmy Williams regarding the dates of May 7th, 2018 for installation, May 21, 2018 for training, and May 23, to go live with new system.

Tabled the Renewal of Contract with AT&T on temporary bases, it was not available at the time of meeting.

Phillips made motion to Approve Resolution #88-2017-2018 to Remove Burn Ban effective at 9:30am.  Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Bohot/Phillips/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Phillips made motion to Approve the formation of the Jefferson County Educational Facilities Authority by Trust Indenture for and on behalf of Jefferson County, Oklahoma. Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Bohot/Phillips/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Bohot made motion to Approve Consideration and Resolution #89-2017-2018 accepting the beneficial interest in the Jefferson County Educational Facilities Authority created by a Trust Indenture for and on behalf of Jefferson County, Oklahoma, in all respects in accordance with the terms of said trust indenture; and declaring an emergency. Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Phillips made motion to Adjourn at 10:23 a.m. Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes: Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved. 

Minutes taken by Traci Smith

Approved by:  JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Ty Phillips, Chairman Bryce Bohot, Vice Chairman Ricky Martin, Member

ATTEST:  Traci Smith, County Clerk

Ricky Martin Seeks Another Term as District 3 Commissioner

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He’s completing his second term as the District 3 County Commissioner and looks forward to another one if elected. 

In a recent interview, he was asked about what he felt like was the greatest accomplishments over the past four years and he quickly responded “the equipment we have paid for and the roads we have built.” 

He said that recently they have received quite a bit of help from the Comanche Tribe with the roads. “They are talking about maybe finishing the roads going on into town (Ryan).”

He wanted to address the concern that he wasn’t getting enough REAP Grants. “I’m trying to get all the money for the county that I can. It’s not easy, plus you have to match the funds you get in a REAP Grant.”

Martin said that some have even complained about him working on the weekends and after hours. 

“I do it because it helps us to stay caught up. Plus I like doing it. I like working.”

Martin believes that the hours of a county commissioner are 24-7. 

“If you get a call about a flood or a road damage you have to go when called. It’s not just an eight hour a day job.”

 Martin has lived in Terral his whole life.

“Except for the two years  I was in the army.”

Before becoming the county commissioner of District 3 he had driven a truck for a living. 

What he has enjoyed the most is the getting to know and help the people of his district. 

He says that being commissioner is a good job. He acknowledged that the pay is not that much, but he enjoys the work. 

During the next term he wants to rock more roads and clean up more of the ditches along the side of the road. 

He has some ideas about saving money.

When they get all of the equipment paid for he would like to see the district get some newer trucks. 

He’s also proud of the new county barn. It was built with a $45,000 REAP Grant and local volunteers and of course the county hands. 

Rash Barrett loaned the county the track hoe to set the beams.

David England loaned them some equipment.

Tony Rodriquez helped by welding the beams.

Ty Phillips came down and helped. 

Martin says that they have good hands working in District 3. 

His goal is to finish all the current projects before the end of the year. 

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