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County Commissioners' weekly meeting

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - On Monday, May 9, the Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners held their weekly meeting at 10:00 a.m. The meeting was held in the commissioners' meeting room in the Sequoyah County Courthouse.

Considerations of resolutions, bids, and contracts were the first topics on this week’s agenda. The Commissioners opened, awarded, and approved a bid for the purchase of a new brush truck for the Gore Fire Department. A resolution to surplus a 2011 freightliner belonging to District #1 was also approved.

During the citizens' presentation, the Sequoyah County Emergency Manager, Steve Rutherford, received praise from all entities attending the meeting due to his calls and coordination, keeping everyone in the loop during last week's storms and heavy rainfall.

Rutherford said, "The amount of rain we received differed throughout the county, but on average as a whole, everyone received at least three and a half to four inches."

In new business, there was discussion and approval of an Emergency Disaster Proclamation for Sequoyah County due to the county’s recent weather.

District #1 County Commissioner Ray Watts said, “First we have to pass this proclamation to start the process of receiving assistance. However, help is only available if the governor declares our County as a disaster and we can meet the threshold for FEMA. This is all needed in order to recognize our county as a disaster area so we can receive funds for our area. So, we are taking care of our part of this process today."

Additionally, discussion regarding a letter of the closing of SAC Nutrition as a Title III nutrition provider as of June 30, 2022 was approved.

Eastern Oklahoma Development District (EODD) Executive Director Ernie Moore said, "Starting on July 1, a new provider, MC Nutrition, out of Muskogee, will be taking over the SAC Nutrition program. They will be using all of the same sites and site managers, so services should not be interrupted but rather maintained for all seniors."

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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