Samaritan September Update
Brett Selvidge from Samaritan EMS provided the Commissioners with the September report at the Monday morning meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners Meeting. Selvidge reported that the service operating out of Barnsdall has seen a decrease in calls as well as a increase in non-transport calls. For September Samaritan responded to 33 calls 19 of which resulted in transport, three calls were refusals and nine were canceled. Selvidge also stated that they have continued to keep their average response time at approximately 5min within city limits, and under 10 min throughout the operation area.
The next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will meet next Monday at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
During the meeting this week of the Osage County Commissioners, Kay Kelly from E/911 and Jerry Roberts Emergency Management Director provided quarterly updates. Kelly discussed the ongoing efforts to improve their GIS, geographic information system, and improving their County mapping. Kelly mentioned that they are currently working with the Osage Nation to improve their overlays on their GIS maps, specifically tribal land layers, however complications due to a recent update has stalled implementation.
Roberts discussed the first full scale fire drill at the County courthouse since he took office three years ago. Due to the schedule with trials and jury selection timing is very important when running a full fire drill, and Roberts reported that the drill was very successful with the exception that the electronic door at the rear of the building did not automatically unlock and had to be manually unlocked, however the maintenance company was able to come out the next day and fix the issue. Roberts did wish to extend a major thank you to the Pawhuska Fire Department for their roll in the drill along with the sheriffs department.
Lastly the Commissioner approved the payment to Chupps auction company in the amount of $11,600 and Century 21 of NE Oklahoma in the amount of $4,640 for services in the sale of the Kennedy Building. Although the sale of the building fell through the contract for services required the county to pay for the services. The Osage County Board of County Commissioners will meet again next Monday at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska at 10am.
The City of Pawhuska brought the discussion of preservation and utilization of the Kennedy Building to Commissioners Monday morning in the form of a Resolution requesting the Commissioners take into account responsible and timely utilization of the building by the purchaser for the purpose of economic development.
Following the reading of the resolution the floor was opened for discussion, several members of the audience in attendance spoke regarding the resolution including Economic Development Director Joni Nash, Pawhuska Mayor Mark Buchanan, and building owner Eric Gomez. All speakers echoed the resolution stating that for the building go unused would be a waste of potential economic benefit and growth, including sales and ad valorem tax dollars. The commissioners, who had discussed a similar proposal in a previous meeting, agreed with the resolution, however they must look at any additional covenants added to the purchase from a legal standpoint and whether the requirements would make the building unsalable. The commissioners did not take any action on the resolution other than read and accept the resolution for record.
The next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be next Monday at 10am at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
Two people are dead as a result of an accident north of Skiatook at about 11:15 Sunday night. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 50 year-old Roy T. Roberts of Barnsdall was southbound on State Highway 11 1.3 miles north of Skiatook. His Chevy Tahoe went off the roadway on the left and hit a tree. It continued another 24 feet and hit a second tree and stopped.
Roberts and his passenger, 47 year-old Cindy M Roberts, also of Barnsdall were pinned in the vehicle for about 2 and a half hours before Skiatook Fire Department got them out. They both died at the scene.
Both bodies were transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Tulsa
Budget Cuts Could Cost County Nurses
Heather Barkley from the Osage County Health Department discussed the effects of the State budget shortfall this week at the meeting of the Osage County Commissioners. Barkley stated that due to the budget issues the County could lose some of their nurses.
The State Health Department is requiring a furlough for full-time Health Department employees who earn more than $35,000 per year. The furlough would require employees to cut one work day during each pay cycle, taking their 80 hour pay period to 72 hours. Barkley stated that Registered Nurses already take a pay cut to come work for the Health Department and the furlough could drive the County's few nurses away. She said that if the State does not find a way to fund the Health Department the furloughs are anticipated to last until June of next year.
Drive-Thru Flu Shots Wednesday
The Osage County Health Department will be offering free flu shots at their Osage County Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Event. Heather Barkley explained the details of the event at the meeting of the Osage County Commissioners Monday Morning.
Barkley stated that there will be a limited number of flu shots available and vaccinations are on a first come first serve basis. She also emphasized that if you have never received a flu shot before you will need to plan to stay for a few minutes in order to ensure there are no allergic reactions to the vaccine.
Barkley also wanted to thank participating sponsors for the event, Osage County Public Health Department, Osage Nation Health Nursing, Osage Nation CHRs, Osage County Emergency Management, Osage Nation Emergency Management, Osage County Fire, and Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center.
For Additional information contact Melissa Lovrich at (918)287-3740 or Jaime Clark (918)287-5482. The event will take place from 7am to 1pm Wednesday October 4th.