Three years into a drought, Homeowners throughout Henrietta have punched holes in the ground in search of water for grass, trees and gardens. Monday, Clay County Commissioners decided to do the same.
In a unanimous vote, commissioners accepted a proposal from Prater Water Well Drilling and Pump Service of Bowie to drill on the courthouse law. If water is found, the well will be completed at an estimated cost of $4,000 to be paid from courthouse renovation funds. Prater will drill a test hole at no cost to the county and set pipe in the well for $18 per foot.
Original construction of the courthouse included a cistern, located on the northwest corner of the lawn where Clay County’s war memorial now stands. The cistern was fed gutters and downspouts on the courthouse. After the cistern was removed, downspouts were rerouted to dump into the city sewer system.
Toby Davis will keep the title of deputy constable after commissioners voted add funds to Constable Ronnie Pullin’s budget for a part-time employee. Davis will be paid $15 per hour when filling in for Pullin. Davis has served as deputy constable since losing his 2012 reelection bid to Pullin with no pay as a way to maintain his peace officer’s certification, but state law requires that deputies receive a wage.
Commissioners voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of land Management, Oklahoma Field Office, and Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains regional offices, to become a cooperating agency if a resource management plan and environmental impact statement process.
The process will affect Clay County property owners along the Red River. Judge Kenneth Liggett will serve as representative for Clay County.
In other business, commissioners:
Took no action, choosing not to place the county in a burn ban.
Approved the addition of a computer to the county judge’s inventory. The computer replaces an older machine declared as surplus.
Declared as salvage two tank batteries and a metal dump tank after no bids for the purchase of the equipment were received.
Approved a certification by TxDOT of the number of miles of maintained county roads. Clay County maintains 710 miles.
Approved a contract with the City of Byers for use of election equipment during the May 10 municipal elections.
Approved a county infrastructure transportation resolution and agreement for grant funds to repair damage caused by oil field trucks and equipment.