The Norman Transcript

November 12, 2013

County takes first step in setting up employee wellness program

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Cleveland County commissioners this week established a program designed to promote the health and wellness of the county’s approximately 350 employees.

The board of commissioners set up a 5-person “Wellness Council” to develop the program. It came about due to a change in state law. Commissioner Rod Cleveland said the program will be patterned after programs at state agencies.

Commissioners said the program will help employees and help the county with reduced sick days and increased work productivity and better efficiency.

The board set up a separate account to fund the program.

In other action Tuesday, the board honored longtime Cleveland County resident Robert F. Creson for his distinguished military service. The board designed Nov. 12 as Robert F. Creson Day for all Korean War veterans.

Creson, a former east Norman City Council member and Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. He served in the Korean War and was awarded a Silver Star and Bronze Star.

 Also Tuesday, commissioners:

— Awarded bids for inmate clothing and sandals for the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center.

— Awarded bids for rental, set-up and maintaining of work zone road signs in the county.

— Opened for review nearly $50,000 in bids for electrical and roof work on new buildings at the District 2 Warehouse.

— Passed a resolution recognizing Noble City Manager Bob Wade for outstanding performance in receiving the Gerald D. Wilkins Award from a state association.

— Heard from Norman City Council member Dave Spaulding who thanked the county for the paving work on SE 149th Avenue in northeast Norman. Spaulding said he wasn’t used to driving home on a paved road. “Now you can wash your car and it’s not dirty before you get home,” he joked.