The Pryor Times

February 25, 2013

Commissioners approve Read Across America Day

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Mayes County Commissioners signed a proclamation for Read Across America Day, which is Friday March 1.  

“Read Across America,” is a national celebration of Dr. Suess’s birthday on March 2, promoting reading and adult involvement in the education of our community’s students.  

The proclamation stated that “The citizens of Mayes County stand firmly committed to promoting reading as the catalyst for our students’ future academic success, their preparation for America’s jobs of the future and their ability to compete in global economy.”

The proclamation was presented to the commissioners by Jane Dawson, Oklahoma State University director of family and consumer science. She reported that she has 18 readers in Pryor, who will be reading to pre-school age children.  

The reading is sponsored by OSU and Cherokee Nation and will be Friday at 10 a.m.

“The Mayes County commissioners call on the citizens of Mayes County to assure that every child is in a safe place reading together with a caring adult in March, 2013. This body enthusiastically endorses ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and recommits our community to engage in programs and activities to make America’s children the best readers in the world,” said the proclamation.

Darrell Yoder, District 2 Commissioner, discussed the next agenda item concerning Twin Bridges. The proposed action was to give full responsibility of the bridge supports to Charles Drury.

“The DEQ has advised we leave them. They would rather we leave them there than mess around in the river,” said Yoder. “I motion to grant to Mr. Drury, he takes full responsibility from here on out.”

Mike Dunham, of Mayes County Emergency Management reported his organization has been awarded a grant from Homeland Security for Medical Reserve Corps.

“Johnny and I saw a need over the last year or so, so we applied for this grant. We’re getting a 12- foot by 20-foot tent, two misting fans and five cooling chairs,” said Dunham.

He said the equipment would benefit all Mayes County Fire Departments. The grant totaled $5,170.

The equipment can be used at Rocklahoma.

The grant was already awarded pending the commissioners approval. All three commissioners approved.

The commissioners approved the resolution to surplus the 2012 Chevy Silverado for the Sheriff’s Office as well as the appropriation of a total of $1,204,844.25 to the T-County Highway account.

The board then moved into an executive session to discuss the case of Whiteis versus Mayes County Commissioners.

“This case is with the health department, concerning the termination of an employee. She said they did not give her a 30-day notice,” said Yoder. “I was appointed to sit in on the mediation. They decided to award her a $9,500 settlement.”

The case was filed in May of 2011 as a breach agreement/contract.

District 3 Commis-sioner Ryan Ball, made a motion to approve both the settlement amount and Yoder’s appointment.