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By KEN MILAM
POTEAU – County Commissioners agreed to proclaim LeFlore County as a Purple Heart County at Monday’s weekly meeting.
Purple Heart Ambassador Mitch Reed discussed the idea with commissioners.
Reed said his organization would provide a plaque that could be placed in the courthouse if commissioners agreed to the designation. Commissioners would be responsible for making and placing signs around the county. The item was tabled until next week so a proclamation could be prepared.
Commissioners also approved between the county and county sheriff and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for picking up trash along county road rights of way.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Commissioner Chairman Craig Olive.
The deal between ODOT and the sheriff would allow county inmates and persons to be sentenced to community service to be assigned to litter crews.
A 2020 loss of revenue claim submitted by the county assessor for additional homestead exemptions was approved in the amount of $44,816.
A $2,632 pay estimate from JoB Construction was approved for the Conser Road project.
A $3,750 change order from Heritage Hills Construction for repairs to the courthouse roof was tabled until next week.
Commissioners will no longer approve certificates of compliance for medical marijuana businesses with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority on a weekly basis. They approved a blanket resolution to approve the certificates, noting that the county has no code enforcement ordinances restricting such businesses. From now on, the completed certificates will be sent to the assessor’s office and county clerk’s office.
The REAP project for Fruit Farm Road was extended.
Resident Jessie Owens aired his complaints about the state of Latham Road, saying the gravel road was unsatisfactory and county and commercial trucks continue to damage the road.
District 2 Commissioner Cody Covey said the road cannot be surfaced with asphalt until the base is built up more, but he would address the problems as conditions allow.