June 17, 2011
While many of a county commissioner’s duties involve maintenance of roads and bridges, there are also administrative tasks to tend to. This update provides some insight into those activities.
At 6:45 a.m., I arrived at the District 1 shop and met with the road crew to outline projects for the day. Two employees left for a welding class in Fairview, Oklahoma. Others were hauling multiple loads of dirt and rip rap to complete a FEMA project.
After checking email and making phone calls, it was time for the 8:15 a.m. meeting of the Logan County Trust Authority.
This entity, composed of the three commissioners, meets monthly at the courthouse annex to approve expenditures related to the Drug Court and Election Board.
We also review receipt of payments for rent collected on county-owned property used by Oklahoma Workforce and the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency.
At the annex I picked up the mail to discover a hand-written note from residents of Highland Hills who were grateful for rock recently applied to their road. I passed it on to staff who would post it at the shop for the road crew to enjoy as well.
The regular 9:00 a.m. mid-month meeting of the Board of Commissioners was next. The county is nearing the conclusion of the fiscal year, so the agenda was particularly long.
By Oklahoma statute, county contracts and lease agreements must be renewed annually, so these comprised a good deal of the four-page agenda. It is also the time of year when we open bids for rock hauling, tires and election ballots. By about 10:30, all 34 items on the agenda had been
Back at the shop the phone continued to ring. A reporter from News Channel 9 called to request an interview about fireworks and the burn ban. A half-hour later I stood in the parking lot with the sun in my eyes explaining that county residents are allowed to use fireworks because there is no burn ban on
and that we can only enact one when the criteria to do so has been met.
Inside the shop, calls continued.
There were questions to answer about tornado damage, a 1000 gallon fuel delivery, vehicle repairs, a bridge project, an upcoming audit, a worker’s comp issue, zoning requirements, how to locate a property owner, the need to hire a replacement for an employee moving to another job, when to pick up a vehicle, and a variety of other matters.
The simplest to deal with was the person who called the wrong number. Pleasantly missing from most of the calls were complaints. It had been a good day, and that thank you note was a very nice part of it.
Mark Sharpton is the Logan County Commissioner of District 1.