By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Cleveland County commissioners approved agreements and funding for the Women’s Resource Center for $40,000 and with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for $62,000. Those agencies provide court services, commissioners said.
The Cleveland County Budget Board, earlier this year, removed a line item funding $225,000 to the Cleveland County Youth Shelter. With the fiscal year coming to a close, contract negotiations are ongoing with Crossroads Youth and Family Services Inc.
Crossroads has committed to continue operating the youth shelter housed in the county-owned building at the Alan J. Couch Center. The nonprofit will operate on state contract dollars for shelter beds. The shelter has 12 beds, and those are often filled.
Recent storms and tornadoes delayed some Crossroads board meetings. Crossroads Executive Director Lisa Winters said the shelter took in two children from the El Reno emergency shelter when an EF-5 tornado hit that shelter May 31. Six youth were displaced and had to be transported to various shelters.
“That is the value of our shelter system in the state of Oklahoma,” Winters said. “We can help each other out in a crisis.”
County commissioners are waiving the cost of rent to help with budget cuts. Crossroads anticipates a lease agreement of $1 annually coming before the Cleveland County Public Facilities Authority for approval soon, Winters said.
County commissioner extended the disaster emergency proclamation to run through the end of May to include the damages from the May 31 tornadoes that produced additional damages throughout the county.
“We’re continuing with debris removal,” Commissioner Darry Stacy said.
Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said after delays caused by tornadoes and rain, county districts are now back focusing on this year’s road improvements.
In other county business, commissioners approved the following blanket purchase orders:
· District 1 Clark — Oil Distributors Inc. $1,500
· District 3 — Noble Farm and Building Supply $500; Noble Hardware $750; Quick Service Steel Co. $500
· Sheriff’s Office — Skyview Products Inc. $24,650
· County Clerk — Copelin’s Office Center $1,000
· Health Department — Nobel Systems Inc. $500
Commissioners also approved the following purchase orders: General Fund $46,060; Highway Fund $76,608; Health Fund $246,787; Sheriff Service Fee Fund $3,771; Sheriff Commissary Fund $3,313; Sheriff Revolving Fund $25,443; Treasurer Certification Fee Fund $136; County Clerk Preservation Fee Fund $708; Fair Board Fund $5,202.