Claremore Daily Progress

Government

December 10, 2013

Weather prompts county to delay business

CLAREMORE —

Winter weather created a delay Monday for Rogers County commissioners, pushing back the opening of 6-month bids until Wednesday because the courthouse was closed last Friday.
The board recessed the weekly meeting and will reconvene at 10 a.m.  on Wednesday to open bids and finish several items listed on the agenda.
The county will continue to accept bids until 4 p.m. today.
The board will continue discussions regarding the contract employment of computer network services for the E911 Center and the assignment of authorized signatures for the Rogers County Finance Authority.
“I have a letter here from RCB Bank,” said County Clerk Robin Anderson. “ I haven’t had a chance to read it because we had a snow day.”
Four people need to be assigned to the management of the account, according to Anderson.
She did not provide additional information to the board about the issue. Commissioners decided to hold the discussion until RCB’s request could be further researched.
The Rogers County Finance Authority was created to manage the $33.5 million bond used to pay the debt in the multi-million dollar judgment that resulted from an inverse condemnation lawsuit won by mining company — Material Services.
The three commissioners are the trustees of the Rogers County Finance Authority.  The validity of the 2012 election to pay for the judgment through sales tax revenue remains in question as the issue was incorrectly listed on the ballot.
Voters overwhelmingly passed the measure, which was written to pay the debt. The ballot listed the incorrect case number and has been under review by the Rogers County District Attorney’s office for months.
No official statement about the validity of the election has been made to date.
Nathan Parks, owner WTECH LLC, has been asked to work on the computers at the new E911 Center.

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