The Jackson County Commissioners and Jackson County Public Finance District, continued a year long discussion on Monday, Dec. 9, pertaining to the transfer of ownership of the Jackson County Expo Center. Both entities held a joint meeting to discuss the provisions to be included with the property transfer to the County Commissioners. The discussion was prompted last year when it was recognized that the lack of revenue at the Expo Center will lead to a continued depletion of funds.
The Public Finance District’s legal representative, Rick Vernon, explained that once the property is conveyed to the Jackson County Commissioners, continued operation of the Finance District will require resources to pay for some administrative and auditing responsibilities. Vernon stated that the Trust Indenture has “somewhat restrictive” language that he plans to research further before the their Board meets again.
Public Finance Authority Vice Chairman Gary Beach stated the original intention when building the Expo Center was to hand it over to the County. “That was the goal going in, and that was the discussion we had when that place was built,” Beach said. “We didn’t intend to keep it forever. We did it as the agency that could do it, but I think the goal all along was to transfer that to the County.”
Finance District board member Glen Winters commented, “We understand and realize were fixing to be broke. We’re going to have zero dollars and we sure understand that the 4H and FFA Students of Jackson County need an Expo Center and a place to exhibit their livestock in the Spring and in the Fall. I think it behooves us to really get serious about this because I can see a train wreck coming.”
Commissioner Marty Clinton expressed concern for accepting the property without the inclusion of any funds for operation and maintenance saying, “I think when it was initially discussed the Commissioners allowed that we would need some money to go with the building because otherwise we’re taking your cow that doesn’t give any milk, and we’re still having to feed and water it and take care of it,” Clinton said. “And we know it’s losing $8,000 a year that we’re going to have to come up with. And we we’re hoping to take some of that money that you have there and put a little bit with it and extend it for a period of time, because we don’t have that kind of money just laying around here to spend on it.”
After further discussion, no motions were made on this item. The Public Finance Authority will hold a future meeting to discuss a resolution that pertains to the transfer the property with or without funds, to be brought back for consideration by the County Commissioners on Jan. 22, 2014.
The Finance District Board then approved items on their agenda including future meeting dates, acceptance of audit report ending FY 2011 audit report, acceptance of audit report ending 2013, and acknowledged receipt of the resignation letter of Gerald Sherrill from serving on the Board.
During the County Commissioners meeting, Commissioners approved minutes from the previous meeting and reports from the County Court Clerk’s Office, County Treasurer’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office.
During Officer’s reports, Clinton informed that their road crews were out working in the snow on Friday, clearing paved roads of snow, and said he appreciated those workers who came in on their day off to work, and Commissioner Anthony Fixico reported that Jackson County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, City Clerk, and Jackson County Clerk have received a Notice of Wrongful Death Claim.
Jackson County Sheriff Roger Levick announced they are having their Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 20, at Sheriff’s Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and County Commissioner Anthony Fixico will be having his retirement party on Monday, Dec. 16. in the Commissioner’s Office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Commissioners approved a purchase order for District 2 for T and G Construction for mudrock, and Alternative Sentencing Solutions for District 3 Drug Court for alcohol bracelets, and also approved an appropriation for Jackson County Health Department for November, 2013, for $16,148.
Commissioners approved an item to reimburse $586.66 to the General Fund Account for the Jackson County Election Board, and approved an item for the Host Site Agreement Oklahoma Serves AmeriCorps Program by and between Red River Community Corps, herein referred to as “Red River,” and Jackson County Health Department referred to as “Grantee.”
There were three bid offers approved for Commissioners’ Sale by Jackson County Treasurer, Renee Howard, on property acquired at resale, including 700 W. Martin Luther King Dr. for $25, 708 W. MLK Dr. for $25, and 716 W. MLK Dr., for $25.
Commissioners appointed Corwin Petzold to serve as board member on the Elmer Rural Volunteer Fire Department, beginning Dec. 5, 2013, ending Dec. 4, 2018.
Commissioners also received the OSU Extension Office Budget, submitted by Gary Strickland, for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
Commissioners also approved a contract for Lee Office Equipment Copier Service for the Commissioner’s officer for $0.012 per page produced, to end Dec. 4, 2014.
Commissioners then opened 20 bids for road and bridge materials, tires, and herbicides, and voted take all bids under advisement.
After approval of claims, the meeting adjourned.