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The Jackson County Expo Center is officially owned and managed by the County Commissioners of Jackson County as of Monday, Feb. 10, after accepting the property deed previously held by the Jackson County Public Finance Authority.

Commissioners accepted the Quit Claim Deed for the Expo Center property located at 300 Todd Lane, during their regular meeting, and also accepted $20,000 with the transfer to assist in the operation and maintenance to pay monthly bills. Annually, it costs approximately $8,000 to maintain the facility. During a joint meeting of the Public Finance Authority and County Commissioners in December, 2013, it was mentioned that lack of revenue at the Expo Center will lead to a continued depletion of funds.

Commissioners also approved bids for two new articulated frame, all-wheeled drive motor grader machines for District 1 and District 3. District 1 selected a John Deere model with a front mounted scarifier and additional warranty, and District 3 selected a John Deere model with a rear mounted ripper/scarifier combination with a front push block and additional warrant. Both machines cost $$213,065 each.

Commissioners Marty Clinton and Cary Carrell decided on the John Deere models rather than a Volvo models because of a significantly higher resale value of about $45,000.

Commissioners approved a bid for a wheeled hydraulic excavator, Volvo demo unit, with a 5 year warranty for $156,200, from Distributor GW Van Keppel Company, of Oklahoma City. The demo model was $47,000 less than a newer model.

Commissioners declared items including a Red Max chain saw and Mac battery charger as “stolen in a burglary/breaking and entering” at District #1 barn on approximately November 6-7, 2013, and approved Resolution No. 2014-6 and Resolution No. 2014-7, for disposal of aforementioned equipment.

Commissioners approved Publication of Commissioners proceedings for the month of January. They also approved minutes from the previous meeting and reports from the Jackson County Treasurer’s Office, District Attorney Bogus Check Division, and Court Clerk’s Office. There were no blanket purchase orders or any new business.

During Monday’s regular meeting, Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 23, to March 1, Oklahoma Emergency Management Week.

The proclamation states, “The climate in the state of Oklahoma is conducive to the development of natural and possibly man-made emergencies and disasters. Since 2007, Oklahoma has received 32 presidential disaster declarations representing more than $486 million in infrastructure damage and millions more in private property damage delivered by ice and snow storms, tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather. The citizens of the the State of Oklahoma are adversely affected by such emergencies and disasters. It is vital that we further an awareness of the dangers of such disasters and the protective measures citizens can take in the event of such conditions. Oklahoma Emergency Managers are responsible for encouraging and assisting State and local officials to plan adequately for and respond effectively to such emergencies and disasters. Oklahoma Emergency Managers follow a comprehensive emergency management plan involving preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation areas. The Oklahoma Emergency Management Association should be commended for it continued diligence and mission to the citizens of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Emergency Managers from around the State will take part in Emergency Management Day at the Capitol on Feb. 26.”

After approval of claims, the meeting adjourned.

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