Pottawatomie County commissioners approved 15 items on the agenda during a Monday meeting. with all but one unanimous.
Item no. 17, consideration and action regarding mowing of perimeter fence at Wes Watkins Reservoir, was approved with a 2-1 vote.
The item, brought forth by the soil conservation district, asked for $7,000 to pay for the use of a brush eater to mow the lawn.
Randy Thomas, county commissioner for District 2 and chair of the commissioners, voted against the item. Thomas said the soil conservation district receives about $4,700 a month from taxpayers with the one cent sales tax, and the county loaned the district $94,508 to buy the piece of equipment — the district owes about $48,833.
“They’re biting the hand that’s feeding them,” Thomas said. “It’s the same as me taking a motor grader and charging one of my citizens to grade and maintain their residency, so I’ve got heartburn over it.”
The soil conservation district is attempting to keep in compliance with the National Resources Conservation Services, which says the district must keep the perimeter around the reservoir clean — the grass has grown and been unattended for the past 7-8 years.
The commissioners also approved $7,950.96 for projection surfaces for Bethel Public Schools.
Macomb Public Schools also received approval to continue LED lighting upgrades using the US Communities contract with Graybar for $2,487.75.
Tecumseh Public Schools was approved to purchase 375 or more Chromebooks for $106,875 as well as iPads for $7,060 using state contracts.
Bethel, Macomb and Tecumseh Schools will use funds available to their districts from the county’s education sales tax.
The commissioners approved requesting and receiving officers for the Pottawatomie County Health Department. Audry Wasson, a registered nurse, will begin Oct. 21, 2018, according to the contract. Wasson’s duties include providing nursing services in support of Pottawatomie County Health Department clinics and other Public Health nursing duties as assigned, keeping patient information confidential and complying with the OSDH Physician Protocols and OSDH policies, as well as the Oklahoma Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations. Wasson will be paid a maximum of $35,000 and the county will not exceed $25.00 per hour.
The health department was also approved for new phone plans and contracts with Brandon’s Lawn Care and Landscaping-Lawn Maintenance Services, Clifford Power Systems-General Maintenance Agreement, Citizen Potawatomi Nation-X-Ray Contract and Just-Rite Cleaning Services-Janitorial Service.
The commissioners also approved the price for 1219 E Chandler at $250 per lot.
The next County Commissioners meeting will be July 2.