ADA – The community development block grant for Rural Water District 7 water project was discussed at Monday’s Pontotoc County Commissioners board meeting and finalized for 2005. Buck Cooper is the water district 7 manager. “This $250,000 grant wasn’t actually received until 2003. It paid for the construction of a 15 by 160 foot standpipe water tower five miles east of Francis. With the additional water from the tower the community will see a more standard water pressure,” Cooper said.

Also approved were the administrative agreements between the county and SODA for the fiscal year six of the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency program. The application for a grant in the amount of $250,000 for 2007 has been submitted for approval. The Department of Commerce through this agency has funded four homes to be built for low-income applicants. The program match resolution by the county was discussed and approved. The county provides the manpower and materials for the homes to be connected to utilities.

The Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce recognized SODA as an Economic Development District February 21, 1967, allowing SODA to become the first such district in the nation to be founded by EDA. The ten counties in the association are Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Coal, Johnston, Garvin, Love, Marshall, Murray, and Pontotoc.

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency is the U.S. Housing and Urban Development designated State HOME Participating Jurisdiction. Oklahoma's allocation has been in excess of $12 million. The HOME Investment Partnerships program strives to provide quality, affordable housing and to alleviate the problems of excessive rent burdens, homelessness and deteriorating housing stock.

Randi Woods was approved as the new receiving officer for the Pontotoc County sheriff’s office. Ms. Woods will log the cash for the account of each inmate in the county jail.