Pontotoc County commissioners voted Tuesday to renew a contract with Saber Transportation for drug and alcohol testing of current and prospective employees.
Commissioner Gary Starns had expressed concerns at last week’s meeting about a drug test for a new employee he said was delayed four days after being sent to Saber recently. But chairman Justin Roberts said the company — which has done testing for the county for the past year — had been flexible in its dealing with Pontotoc officials and had done tests as early as 7 a.m. — something at least one other company who bid on the contract had expressed an unwillingness to do in its proposal without an added fee.
“I guess I’ll just have to live with them,” Starns said before voting with fellow commissioners Roberts and Danny Davis to approve the contract.
Although the agenda item also called for approval of a bid for background checks in addition to drug testing, Starns said those have been handled by the sheriff’s office “for the last seven or eight years” at no cost.
“That way no mistakes are made,” Starns said. “It’s still not 100 percent because people can change, but it’s still a good system.”
Commissioners also voted blanket approval on bids from suppliers of items purchased by the county for maintenance or construction over the final six months of the year.
“We approved them all based on availability,” Starns explained. “Some items aren’t always available from all of these suppliers.”
In other action, commissioners:
• Voted to renew participation in the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma (ACCO) Self Insurance Group. Roberts proposed a one-time payment of $112,000 instead of two payments, which will save the county $1,500 per year.
• Heard a report from Oklahoma State University Extension educator Janna Kelley on the new county internship program. The four interns in the first-year program — Andrew Daniel, Adam Daniel, Lillie Spencer and Olivia Hamilton — attended Tuesday’s meeting as part of their one-week tour of county offices and operations.
• Approved contracts with Muskogee and Sequoyah counties for care and transportation of juvenile detainees.
• Tabled until next week action on SEFA reports dating back to the 2007-2008 fiscal year, on approval of a contract with McQuay Assured Maintenance for servicing the air conditioning and heating systems at the Pontotoc County Courthouse and on approval of a disaster recovery plan for the county clerk’s office.