Early in Monday's session Commissioners unanimously approved a request for a designated area within Ottawa County, but outside Miami city limits for service by Miami Fire Department First Responders.

MIAMI— Ottawa County Commissioners held their weekly public session Monday providing approval on requests from Maimi Fire Department First Responders, approximately 13.6 miles of road and bridge projects, and sharing activity updates for Ottawa's three districts.

Early in the session Commissioners unanimously approved a request for a designated area within Ottawa County, but outside Miami city limits for service by Miami Fire Department First Responders.

The board reviewed a map outlining the area that would expand current response boundaries east of Miami on 590 Road to 600 Road. The shift would mean faster response times for approximately 80 residences in the area that are currently serviced by the Wyandotte Fire Department.

On Monday's agenda were five items related to just under 14 miles of road and bridge projects. Commissioners first approved the recommendation of Guy Engineering to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for design services for overlay projects for Ottawa County.

Next, Commissioners moved on to approve four resolutions, 2017-2 through 2017-5, for project agreements for road and bridge improvements on County Roads East West 230, East West 210, North South 459, and North South 460.

In their activity reports, all Commissioners relayed continuance of ongoing improvement projects and plans for equipment and personnel preparations ahead of possible severe winter weather forecasted for this weekend.

Board Chair and District 1 Commissioner John Clarke also advised that the Convenience Center in his district for non-household solid waste was open and available for use. District 2 Commissioner Chad Masterson said the Convenience Center in his district would be open Wednesday.

Clarke also stressed the importance of citizens properly utilizing the Convenience Centers by following posted guidelines and signage at the sites. When visiting the Convenience Center in his district over the weekend, Clark said he was displeased to find that some 50 percent of the waste deposited was not compliant, including waste that should have been disposed of through services from city and town sanitation workers.

Commissioner Clarke said if the sites continue to be abused they will be closed to the public. He also warned that improper dumping could also result in a federal offense, meaning prosecution could result not only in fines but a possible incarceration at a federal facility.

Citizens are encouraged to report illegal dumping at County Convenience Centers and may be eligible for a reward for providing information to County law enforcement.