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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 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

Skyler and Bayler Smith Place at Ft. Worth Show

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Representing the Dennis Cattle Company of Grady, Oklahoma, Skyler and Bayler Smith placed 5th and 6th out of 11 in the open class with their Hereford heifers “Sassy” and Fallon” at the Ft Worth Stock show last week.

This was their 1st big show! Great job girls!

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. 

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

Jefferson County Commissioner Minutes April 9 2018

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HELD ON APRIL 9, 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 April 6, 2018 at 8:50 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

Emily Follis, County Treasurer

Kim Berry, Court Clerk

Jeremie Wilson, Co Sheriff

Jimmie Williams, Undersheriff

Josh Phillips, Bruckner’s 

Jimmy Gallaher, JCEM

Chris Snow, Jeff Co Health Dept.

Tara Brown, OSU Educator

Derek Durbin, 911 Coordinator

Tammy Richardson, Election Sec

Sandra Watkins, Assessor

Martin made the motion to Approve Regular Meeting Minutes held on April 2, 2018. Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes: Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved.

Phillips made the motion to Approve Claims and 4 Blanket Purchase Orders.  Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips. Motion Approved.

Bohot made motion to Approve Monthly Report from Officers and Monthly Consumable Report for Districts.  Second:  Phillips.  Aye Votes; Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved. 

Bohot made motion to Approve District #1 Transfer of Funds from accounts T-1A PS in the amount of $20,000.00, T2A in the amount of $40,000.00, T2B Rentals in the amount of $10,000.00, and T-6 Workers Compensation in the amount of $40,000.00 and transfer to T-3 Capital Outlay in the amount of $110,000.00.

Second:  Martin. Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Bohot made motion to Approve Opening Bid # 876 for a 2018 or Newer Truck Tractor for District #1 and approve vendors as follows:

Bruckner’s Truck 4520 NW Freeway, Wichita Falls TX 76306 2019 Mack Truck $118,929.00 DECLINED

Premier Truck P O Box 1867, Ardmore OK  73401 2019 Freightliner 122SD $116,950.00 DECLINED

Summit Truck 5549 Chuzy Dr, Wichita KS  67219 2018 Mack Truck CHU613 $104,523.00 ACCEPTED

Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

No Action on how Deductible Fund account is Funded and possible use of fund to pay loss from the first dollar on claim # SWC181170 for Sheriffs Dept Unit #41 2014 Ford Explorer.

Bohot made motion to Disapprove the use of $10,000.00 from the Deductible fund account for the deductible on Insurance Claim SWC181170 for Sheriff’s Department Unit #41 Ford Explorer.  Second;  Philips.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Disapproved. 

No Action regarding Generator Tabled from 3-26-2018 Meeting;

No Action Renew Contract with AT&T on temporary basis Tabled from 3-26-2018 meeting;

Review monthly report of Co Treasurer to State Auditor and Inspector for the month of March 2018;

Phillips made motion to Approve Assessor’s Office to be closed on Friday May 11, 2018 to attend Southwest District Assessor’s Meeting in Cordell, OK.  Second; Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved. 

Bohot made motion to Approve purchase of Vaccine refrigerator monitoring system.  Second:  Phillips.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved. 

Tabled District #2 Lease Agreement with ODOT for the purchase of 2018 John Deere 6110M Cab Tractor w/Tiger Boom Mower through ODOT County Road Machinery and Equipment Revolving Fund.

Tabled 324-A Claim for District #2 purchase of 2018 John Deere 6110M Cab Tractor w/Tiger Boom Mower through ODOT County Road Machinery and Equipment Revolving Fund to Deere and Company for the amount of $135,000.00;

Martin made motion to Adjourn at 11:00 a.m. Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  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

Doris Baker Inducted into Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame

Doris Ann Baker of Waurika joined her husband in the Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame.

Baker and her late husband, Henry Baker, shared  their love of music ever since marriage.

In 1981 the couple began working with the Texas Playboys and began to perform what has become known as Western Swing Music.

Baker began her foray into the genre by learning  every Bob Wills song suggested to her.

In 1982, Gene Crownover took Henry and Doris to Turkey, Texas for Bob Wills Day. He asked Henry to play bass for the outdoor show. Gene predicted they’d never miss this annual event in Turkey again if they only went once.

That prediction came true.

In 1999, Henry and Doris bought the future “Church of Western Swing” (COWS) in Turkey- a 100 year old Assembly of God church-and made it into a music theater known as the “place to be” in Turkey, Texas for Bob Wills music. 

In 2011, the COWS was  named Music Venue of the Year in Texas by Governor Rick Perry, through the Cowtown Society of Western Music.

With the venue grew the band, The COWS Swing Band. 

Over the years Doris and Henry hosted Valentine, Halloween and Christmas parties in addition to organizing seven days of music shows during Turkey’s Bob Wills Days, held the last week of April.

Doris was always the hit of the evening. 

Some of the musicians and singers she worked with included her husband Henry Baker, Curly Lewis, Tommy Perkins, Benny Garcia, Eldon Shamblin, Billy Dozier, Gene Thomas, Bob Kiser, Bob Womack, Gene Casaway, Bobby Boatright and Leon Rausch.

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