Mayes County Commissioners took turns admiring a $1 million check from Cherokee Nation at the Monday meeting.
“This is from Cherokee Nation for the Rock Creek project,” said District 1 Commissioner Alva Martin. “We really appreciate them. We could not have done it without them.”
The commissioners welcomed Jordan Smith to discuss a ground lease agreement for local schools at the meeting Monday.
They discussed adopting a resolution approving a ground lease agreement between Independent School District No. 1 of Mayes County (Pryor Public Schools) and the Mayes County Public Facilities Authority, and a lease purchase agreement between the authority and school district.
Smith summarized the item by saying this is the same resolution which was previously approved.
“What we have is phase two for the Pryor Public School project,” said Smith.
He said the project is divided into phases as the school district is limited to an expenditure of $10 million per school year.
The commissioners and Sheriff Mike Reed discussed the relocation of storage buildings per Sheriff’s Office request.
“These are the two buildings over there. Mike is wanting to build a building so we need to move these out of the way,” said District 2 Commissioner Darrell Yoder.
“Who do they belong to? I thought they were the city’s, then I thought maybe they were the county’s,” said Martin.
As nobody is sure who the buildings belong to, they have not been opened.
“I want to build a permanent building. Right now we are paying $2,700 a year for these,” said Reed. “I could build a permanent 12x24 building and have it paid for in three years.”
Martin asked about the total cost of the building, which Reed said was about $8,000.
Reed said the sheriff’s office needs storage space for four-wheelers, golf carts, trailers and more.
Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority is shopping for storage buildings. The Commissioners discussed giving MESTA the buildings. MESTA would cover the moving cost.
The Commissioners approved giving the storage buildings to MESTA so the sheriff’s office can build a permanent storage building.
The commissioners approved transfer funds in T-County Highway in the amount of $75,000. They awarded bids on fuel tanks for District 2 to Petroleum Marketer.
A resolution to improve project execution and enable County Bridge and Road Improvement, or CBRI, money to remain with the county, was also approved. CBRI funding used to be from the state but has been transferred to the county
This item was in regard to the STP bridge and road. STP refers to the Surface Transportation Program, which is a federal program that can be used for any federal-aid highways including bridges and public roads.
“This gives us more local control,” said District 3 Commissioner Ryan Ball.
The Pictometry Subdivision user agreement between Mayes County and MidAmerica Industrial Park discussed at the previous meeting was approved.
This agreement allows the two entities to share data collected in the surveying flights.
The sheriff’s office requested eight vehicles be declared surplus. Sheriff Reed plans to take the vehicles to Chupp’s Auction after running an ad for the auction for two weeks.