The Board of Osage County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday morning at the courthouse in Pawhuska.
There was continued discussion regarding how much Rod Hartness should have to pay for four events he is putting on during the middle of the week at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Former Fairgrounds Director Pee-Wee Easley had made a gentleman's agreement with Hartness that it would cost $50 an hour to rent the arena even though the handbook states that price is $450.
Last week, District one commissioner Randall Jones argued that the commissioners are now beginning to enforce that policy and that he should have to pay the $450 price. This week, Jones re-negotiated and said he should have to pay $250, but Ted Smith, who was sitting in for District Three Commissioner Darren McKinney, said the original agreement should be honored. Smith made that motion and District Two Commissioner Kevin Pasley agreed so Hartness will pay the $50 an hour rate.
There was also discussion amongst the commissioners regarding health insurance and the possibility of making it more affordable for county employees. This is something they plan to revisit at a later date.
The commissioners approved several Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Certificates of Compliance. Osage County District Attorney Mike Fisher was at the meeting and told the commissioners he felt as if this they no longer needed to make this an agenda item as long as the proper commissioner signs the affidavit.
Five utility permits were signed and Fisher wanted to remind everybody about Thursday's reception honoring Judge M. John Kane. Kane will soon be on the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the reception is set to take place in the third floor courtroom from 4-6.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting will be next Monday at 10 o' clock in the morning.