Monday, April 20, 2020

Commissioners Talk Roads, Water Outage

The Board of County Commissioners of Sequoyah County approved two road projects at their weekly meeting Monday.

Commissioners unanimously approved the resurfacing of road on Old Highway 17 in Sequoyah County District 2, and another District 2 project to reinforce concrete pipe.

Steve Rutherford, the county’s emergency management director, thanked the Sebastian County (Ark.) Emergency Management department and the Cherokee Nation for supplying water to residents affected by last week’s landslide and subsequent water outage.

District 3 Commissioner Jim Rogers discussed the outage, telling those in attendance that most of the repairs are completed and nearly everyone is back up and running.

Rutherford also told commissioners that for those folks still in need, bottled water will be available after noon each day at the Emergency Management office, 108 E. Chickasaw (right behind the courthouse in the old Agent Funeral Home building). Rutherford said the water will be available until the boil order is lifted, which is expected to happen by Wednesday or Thursday.

In other business, the commissioners approved a plan to use the community sentencing building to provide office space for the Sequoyah County Mental Health Court. The panel also approved the transfer of appropriations from the Department of Environmental Quality maintenance and operations account to the DEQ salaries account, along with transfers of operations from the Mental Health maintenance and operations account to Mental Health salaries and from the Court Clerk full time to Court Clerk part time accounts.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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