The Norman Transcript


March 15, 2013

County commissioner returns from Washington trip



As many as 24 percent of those incarcerated are believed to be mentally ill or have symptoms of mental illness. Those people need community-based services that are more compatible than incarceration is to address their issues.

“Roughly one in four of those in our jail have some form of mental illness,” Sullivan said.

Detainees transitioning from the juvenile system to the adult system was another area of discussion.

“Now it’s a different set of rules,” Sullivan said. “Now they’re in big-boy jail.”

Sullivan said his trip was educational and valuable for understanding some of the challenges the county faces.

“I’m trying to make Cleveland County a better place, to be as good a steward as I can with Cleveland County’s money,” he said.

Undersheriff Rhett Burnett reported this week that 402 prisoners were at the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center. Of those, 106 are Department of Corrections prisoners, with 91 already having received judgment and sentencing, making the state financially responsible for their care.

Work on the county courthouse’s south parking lot started last Friday. First Baptist Church is allowing county staff to use some of the church’s parking.

“I’d like to express my thanks to First Baptist,” Commissioner Darry Stacy said.

In other county business, county commissioners approved the following blanket purchase orders:

· District No. 1 Warehouse: Palace Auto Supply $3,500, Bills Welding Equipment Repair $800, AT&T Mobility $200

· District No. 2 Warehouse: Bruckner’s Truck Sales Inc. $2,000, Fred’s Tire & Battery $2,000, Farm Plan Inc. — Atwoods $1,000, UniFirst $1,500, P&K Equipment $1,000

· District No. 3 Warehouse: American Logo & Sing Inc. $750, Alfred and Coy A. Keese, DBA Wanette Tractor and Supply $1,500, Perfection Equipment Co. $1,000.

· Cleveland County Health Department: Misty Clouse $50, Eureka Water Co. $167.

· OSU Extension Center: Copelin’s Office Center $1,500.

· Sheriff’s Office: Pitney Bowes $143, Palace Auto Supply $1,000.

Commissioners also approved the following purchase orders: General Fund $782,403, Highway Fund $142,546, Health Fund $128,635, Sheriff Service Fee Fund $1,970, Sheriff Commissary Fund $4,301, Sheriff Jail Fund $55, Sheriff Revolving Fund $5,983, Sheriff Criminal Alien Assist Grant $1,732, Treasurer Sales Tax Fund $760, 973, County Clerk Preservation Fund $14,962, Assessor Revolving Fund $5,293 and Fair Board Fund $4,521.

Joy Hampton




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