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Commissioners approve COVID-19 courthouse restrictions

Monday, August 16, 2021 - Visitors to the Sequoyah County Courthouse will find new COVID-19 safety protocols in effect after a unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners during their regular weekly meeting Monday.

The commissioners stopped short of requiring visitors to wear face masks at the courthouse, citing state law barring mask mandates. Starting Monday, visitors will have their temperatures checked at the courthouse entrance and signs will be posted urging those experiencing possible coronavirus symptoms not to enter the facility.

District 3 commissioner and board chairman Jim Rogers said the county will hold off on instituting a mask requirement at the courthouse pending approval by the district attorney.

In other business, the commissioners unanimously approved the issuance of a claim form for the Dwight Mission Road resurfacing project. The claim, in the amount of $1,130.01, will reimburse Union Pacific Railroad Co. employees for meals during their time on the Dwight Mission project.

The board also approved the annual memorandum of agreement between the county and the Cherokee Nation to provide construction, improvement, right-of-way acquisitions and/or utility relocations for roads and bridges within Sequoyah County.

The commissioners also approved the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office's purchase of a 2021 Dodge Durango police pursuit vehicle that will be used by the school resource officer at Brushy and Central schools.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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