The Norman Transcript

October 30, 2012

County approves gas pipeline

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Board of Cleveland County Commissioners approved the installation of a six-inch gas pipeline on a county right of way Monday.

The pipeline will cross 192nd Street approximately 450 feet north of Moffat Road. It will be a permanent pipeline below ground. The board raised concerns in a previous meeting about a permit from the same company, West Star Operating Company.

In the previous meeting, the company wanted to get a permit for a temporary, above-ground pipeline. Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said he was concerned about the safety issues involved.

In other business, the board also approved the design of a county flag. The flag will be green with the county seal on it.

“A couple years ago, we created a county seal after not having a county seal for over 100 years,” Commissioner Rod Cleveland said.

Commissioners also discussed having a tag line on the flag but ultimately decided the county seal on the green background would be enough.

“A tag line, we can put on everything else,” Cleveland said.

Commissioners also approved a contract between the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabeth P. Jones for Nov. 1 through March 31, 2013. Services include training of incarcerated women, complete mental health overviews and maintaining program evaluations.

The cost of services is $3,465 per month, to be paid semi-monthly. The services are for the Second Chance Act Program that can help non-violent offenders reacclimate into society.

Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said a criminal alien assistance grant will cover the cost of the program for the next six months.

Cleveland said he believes legislation passed last year opened some alternative sentencing or rehabilitation options that would help.

Sheriff Joe Lester said they have been working with the trustee on it, but it will not be effective until January.

Also on the agenda was a consideration of claim from Katie Boykin for reimbursement from damage to a redbud tree on the Etowah Road project in the amount of $200. The item was approved.

Sullivan said the tree was damaged during the construction of the new right of way and the state will pay for it. The issue was handled in the summer, but paperwork is just now catching up.

Other agenda items included:

· Approval of the sale of county-owned property obtained at the June 2012 Tax Resale. There were seven properties purchased by the same buyer.

· Approval of the allocation of Alcoholic Beverage Tax in the amount of $40,261.

· Jail report from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department. There were 399 inmates at the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center. Seventy-eight were waiting to be transported by the Department of Corrections.

· Approval of a contract between the Cleveland County Clerk and Oklahoma Office Systems. The contract is for maintenance for 2-HP 602X in the amount of $0.0151 per print, billed monthly or quarterly. The contract period is from Aug. 27 to June 30, 2013, and is renewable for an additional fiscal year.

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