Monday, July 27, 2020

Commissioners Hear COVID-19 Update

On Monday the Board of County Commissioners of Sequoyah County received an update on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the county.

County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford said there are currently 162 positive cases here, about 65 of which are still active. There have been four deaths, he said. 

“We’re going up (in cases) every day,” Rutherford said, urging people to be careful and to continue following health protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The commissioners also approved a resolution acknowledging their appreciation to everyone who worked to restore power to Sequoyah County after a strong storm tore through the area last week. Jim Rogers, the District 3 commissioner, said that when so many people had power out because of the storm, everyone came together to put the pieces back together.

“We want to recognize Cookson Hills, rural fire departments, county crews and the Sheriff’s Office for working tirelessly, around the clock” to make things right again.

Brandi Chandler, the new commissioners’ secretary, attended her first meeting. She is taking over from Crystal Stuart, who will be working at the county barn.

The commissioners also:

*Approved a deed for the commissioners’ sale with the Sequoyah County treasurer’s office

*Awarded a bid for Rural Fire Department No. 1

*Approved a state contract lease-purchase agreement between Vance Fleet and the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office for a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab pickup. The deal is contingent on approval by the district attorney

*Approved a claim for the Dwight Mission road resurfacing water line relocation project to pay the Sequoyah County Water Association in District 2

*Appointed Kimberly Summerlin and Julie Haywood as requesting/requisitioning agents for the Gore Fire Department

*Approved the replatting of Lot 3 of the revised Whispering Winds Addition to Sequoyah County by Osborn Land Surveyors LLC

*Declared as surplus a 1987 Freightliner used by rural fire district 1. The truck was then transferred to the Webbers Falls Fire Department

*Approved the transfer of a 2008 Chevrolet pickup from the Sheriff’s Department to the Brushy Fire Department

*Appointed Kelly Miller as requisitioning officer for the Sequoyah County Assessor’s Office

*Appointed Cassie Lynch and Mindy Ferrell as receiving officers for the assessor’s office.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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