The Osage Board of County Commissioners met Monday morning at the courthouse in Pawhuska and among other things accepted the annual audit on the Housing Authority of Osage County.
Executive Director of the Housing Authority Christi McNeil said more than 95 percent of the houses in Osage County are occupied and that is the highest rate for Osage County in several years.
Sheila Tolson and Alan Brown both got re-appointed to serve as commissioners on the housing authority as well.
Hominy City Manager Jimmy D. Ratliff was on hand looking for funding from the county to get phone system upgrades that would allow calls made to non-emergency numbers in the city of Hominy to be forwarded to 911. The system costs $3,975.58 and the city was hoping the commissioners would assist with half of that cost.
Ratliff said it was the city council's idea to ask the county for help because they hadn't figured that cost into this year's budget. Defense Attorney Mike Fisher made it clear to the commissioners that they weren't required to assist the city, but District Two Commissioner Kevin Pasley made the motion to enter into an inter-local agreement with the city to help Hominy with upgrades.
Blake Hull and Jamie Moon were each appointed to help out with the free fair board. With these two appointments, there are nine members on the board once again. The Commissioners also approved the purchase of a 10x12 portable building to be used at the Osage County Fairgrounds as office space for $4,804.
The next regular scheduled Osage Board of County Commissioners meeting is scheduled for next Monday at 10 in the morning.