Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Commissioner's Declare May Drug Court Month

The month of May was declared Drug Court Month at Monday's 
Sequoyah County Commissioner's meeting.

During Monday’s regular weekly meeting, Sequoyah County commissioners approved the purchase of a 2019 Dodge Durango for the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s office. They also approved to open and award a bid for a tanker truck for the Central Fire Department. 

In continuing to look at bids and contracts within Sequoyah County, commissioners approved a Cooperative Agreement with United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife services to allow Dean Miller to trap beavers to mitigate damages within the area. According to District 2 Commissioner Steve Carter, “beavers have created about $11,000 in damages to the area.”

During a citizen’s presentation at the commissioner’s meeting, the month of May was declared Drug Court Month to honor all the amazing work the Sequoyah County Drug Court has accomplished. Carter said they are the most successful drug court and the least expensive strategy to decreasing crime within the area. The drug court received two awards in April at the state convention for Outstanding Employment Participant, and for Family Unification, reuniting parents who have graduated from drug court with their children. According to Sequoyah County Drug Court Coordinator Tina Edwards, there is a 70 percent unemployment rate when clients enter the program and after graduation, the rate increases to 100 percent. 

Moving to new business, commissioners approved the transfer of funds from the Commissioner’s Personal Services account to County General Insurance Account in the amount of $75,000. 

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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