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Commissioners accept construction proposal for former fire hall

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

The former Henrietta Fire Hall, recently purchased from the City of Henrietta, will serve two purposes under the ownership of Clay County. Two bays in the three-bay building will be used as an annex to the 1890 Jail Museum and Heritage Center. The third bay, Clay County will house a mobile command van, for use at wildfires, and a portable generator and light plant.

Monday, commissioners looked at ways to divide the facility into two separate, and secure, areas.

Commissioners reviewed proposals from two local contractors for installing a wall to divide the areas, awarding the job to J.R. Metal Works of Byers. The wall will be a steal structure with sheet metal sheathing, and will cost the county $2,000. Commissioners approved an allowance of an unspecified amount for some electrical work that will be required. Two plugs are located where the wall will be installed, and will have to be moved. The structure also includes a steel security door.

Construction will be paid for out of the county’s property and renovations budget.

Commissioners reappointed Bobby Reese of Dean, Dr. David Greer of Henrietta and Deborah Clark of Henrietta to two-year terms on the Clay County Memorial Hospital Board of Managers.

Commissioners took no action on the resignation of board member Martha Poyner of Petrolia. They are seeking a replacement.

Joan Schaffner was reappointed as a director to the Texoma Area Para-Transit System (TAPS).

Kay Lynn Gonzenbach, 2011 president of the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce, and Kathy Pierce, 2012 president, expressed gratitude to the county judge, commissioners, sheriff and courthouse custodian for their support in the Clay County Christmas lighting of the courthouse. Gonzenbach and Pierce invited the county officials to the annual chamber of commerce banquet Jan. 21.

The lighting display, including the Bryant Edwards Foundation Community Christmas Tree, will be dismantled Jan. 7. On the courthouse, the horizontal rows of lights will remain in place, and can be used at different times of the year, while the vertical lights will be rolled up and tucked behind the upper portions of the structure’s columns.


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