Claremore Daily Progress

Government

October 1, 2013

Commissioners delay pay raise discussion

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CLAREMORE —

Thacker said the bond payments would continue as they have been and the board is only dealing with the money remaining after making the monthly payments.
Thacker has made previous statements the funding could only be used for the courthouse bond and RCIDA. 
In April, Thacker said, “We dedicated the use tax 100 percent to the bonding. We sat in a meetings and told them anything left would go back to RCIDA.”
Thacker and commissioner Dan DeLozier voted in that meeting to continue financial support to RCIDA.
It has not been made clear to date why the change in financing has occurred.
Thacker provided the Claremore Daily Progress with a report of excess use tax account funding. The documents show a monthly payment of $16,667 from excess use tax combined with sales tax for a total of  $121,148.54  dedicated to the bond payment for the Courthouse/911 Center.
The funding in question has previously been kept in a separate account in case a shortfall occurs, according to the Rogers County Treasurer’s office.
No fund account has been established to date for the Rogers County Finance Authority.
Johanning served as bond counsel for both bond issues.
In other business, the board accepted several resolutions regarding the disposal of property from the court clerk’s office.
The commissioners and staff  enter into a lengthy executive session to discuss a 2003 condemnation case relating to the Spunky Creek Bridge project.
The commissioners voted to take action on the litigation to “get it moving” and decided to have attorney Kim Ritchie re-file the lawsuit.
The primary issue in the case was the right-of-way needed to complete the project, according to Thacker.
The board did not reveal if they discussed Ritchie’s employment during executive session, but instead voted to hire him upon entering open session.
It is a violation of the Open Meetings Act to discuss the employment of a contractor during executive session. Ritchie nor his employment were listed on the meeting agenda.

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