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Ottawa County gets updates on various grants, programs

The American of Vinita, Oklahoma

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All that's necessary to start demolition of the old Ottawa County Courthouse is a permit from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Commissioner John Clarke conducted his first meeting as chairman of the Ottawa County Commissioners on Monday, where the trio discussed the pending demolition, to be completed by DT Specialized Services. Also, commissioners heard that vending machines have been installed in the new courthouse and annex, following the approval last week of a contract with Wheatley Vending that will run through Jan. 31, 2012. Larry W. Palmer was appointed to the county's floodplain board, based on the recommendation of board chairman Larry L. King, who was thanked for his service and dedication to the county. Resolution 2009-05 was approved, authorizing the county to apply for FEMA's financial assistance in updating the county's hazard mitigation plan.

Commissioners also approved a letter, to be mailed to various legislators, voicing support of a stimulus package that would aid with infrastructure projects in the county. A final payment of $2,319 to Guy Engineering Services for work on Conners bridge was approved, and John Blickensderfer of Guy Engineering provided an update on activities by the Circuit Engineering District and its board. He also went over the county's five year plan.

$5,347.17 collected in 2009. The January distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from November business. Companies that remit more than $2,500 monthly in sales tax receipts are required to file and pay electronically. The money they reported this period represent sales from November 16-December 15.

The disbursement of $121,818,267.35 in sales tax collections, was returned to 504 cities and towns reflecting an increase, of $4,234,933.36 from the $117,583,333.99 distributed to 504 cities and towns in November last year. The use tax disbursement of $8,284,721.99 was distributed between 355 cities and towns.

In county returns, 74 counties shared in a $24,855,675.43 sales tax disbursement. The use tax disbursement of $2,024,766.01 was distributed between 66 counties.

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Original Publication Date: February 5, 2009

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