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June 17, 2014

Commissioners approve fire truck bid

PRYOR, OK — Mayes County Commissioners approved the expenditure of $58,500 by Disney Fire Department for a new truck at the meeting Monday. The department is seeking to replace a 1980s model 500-gallon truck, which will be surplussed upon replacement. Three bids were received, one from Claremore and two from out of state.

The Claremore bid was the only truck currently available, according to Larry Sanders of Disney Fire Department. The other two will not be ready until December, which means a delivery date of March or April.

Though not the lowest bid, the 1,000-gallon 1993 freight-liner in Claremore was approved.

The dispatch agreement between Mayes County Sheriff's Office and the town of Langley was approved. MCSO will provide constant dispatching service for the town at $600 per month.

Jail use agreements for Adair, Langley, Chouteau, Salina, Spavinaw and Pryor were approved. Because of the current jail budget crisis, Sheriff Mike Reed said he'll house any inmate he can. Other towns pay $20 per day to house inmates.

A representative of Fidelity/Combined Insurance Services gave a presentation about a program called “Call a Doctor,” which is supplemental to a major medical carrier. The representative said there is no deductible or co-pay and customers have 24/7 access to a board certified doctor over the phone. The doctors, the representative said, have access to medical records and can refill prescriptions over the phone. The program “prevents the inconvenience of trying to get into a doctor's office.”

“So, if I have flu symptoms I can call a doctor I've never met and they can give me a prescription and diagnosis over the phone with no deductible?” said District 1 Commissioner Alva Martin. The representative answered affirmatively.

The commissioners had questions about doctors refilling prescriptions without the consent of the patient's regular physician and about the accuracy of a diagnosis given over the phone. No action was taken, though the commissioners said they would discuss it before the next fiscal budget was approved.

A floodplain permit allowing Grand River Dam Authority to place a pole in the floodplain was approved.

Commissioners approved crews to bury a fiber-optic phone line at county line a North 426 Road and East 480 Road.


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