In 1943, Pontotoc County seized 58 acres north of town along the Canadian River for non-payment of taxes.  Almost 70 years later, the county is about to collect on that long-past due bill.

Only eight of the original acres remain; the rest have been swallowed by the river, and Monday morning county commissioners accepted a bid of $800 per acre for the remaining land from local octogenarian Pete Cantrell.

Because the land is owned by the county, it will be opened up for a public bidding process over the next few weeks. If no one else makes a bid, Cantrell will buy the eight acres at the agreed-upon price.

In other action at Monday’s meeting commissioners did the following:

• Approved a contract with Osage County’s juvenile detention center for attendant care/detention transportation. Pontotoc currently has no juvenile detention center, so the county contracts with several others in the state to transport and house its juvenile offenders.

• Heard a proposal from Todd Davis of CABA about handling insurance and retirement issues for the county’s 140-plus employees.

• Deferred action on renewals of a contract with McQuay Assured Maintenance on the air conditioning system at the Pontotoc County Courthouse and on another for drug and alcohol and background testing for current and prospective county employees.   

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