Commissioners 2021

County leadership said the first vaccine clinic hosted at the Stephens County Fairgrounds last week showed positive progress during a regular meeting hosted Monday inside the Commissioners’ office.

During Commissioner Russell Morgan’s fairground update, Morgan said they had positive feedback from the vaccine setup this past Thursday.

The vaccine setup continues at the fairgrounds this week.

“The health department will be down there … Thursday,” Morgan said.

According to Matt Byerly, Stephens County Fair & Expo Center Manager, the Health Department will remain on the schedule through March.

“They (were) hoping to be able to push them out to doctors’ offices and pharmacies and stuff and start taking the heat off this,” Byerly said.

The same meeting also saw the board adopt a resolution to designate certain members of the County Commission to serve on the Circuit Engineering District 6 Board of Directors. The positions included an official board member, a first alternate and a second alternate.

The board voted to have Commissioner Morgan continue to serve as the board member, with Vice-Chair Todd Churchman as first alternate and Chairman Kreg Murphree as second alternate.

The board also discussed and approved an amendment to the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) for 2020 with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. The grant’s purpose is to reduce the programmatic and financial burden on the county due to COVID-19 response efforts.

Stephens County Clerk Jenny Moore said Gary Curtis, emergency management, had to change the timeline for turning in forms that’s required for the grant.

“Due to COVID and how long it’s taken people to respond, they changed the time frame on it,” Moore said.

In other news, the board approved:

• To cancel the election of Board of Directors of the Stephens County Fair Board scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.

• The project completion certificate and final reimbursement acceptance for the HMGP/PDM/FMA disaster/grant known as the Stephens County Hazard Mitigation Plan with a project completion of Sept. 29, 2020, and a final payment amount of $36,070.75.

• Three Stephens County Fair & Expo Center contracts, including: Two Bulls Group Yearling Feature event on Sep. 10-11, 2021; Two Bulls Challenge event on April 23-24, 2021; and Trophy Auction/Empire AG Boosters event on Jan. 16, 2021.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Stephens County Commissioners meeting will convene on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2021, in their office of the Stephens County Courthouse, located at 101 S. 11th Street.

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