Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brunmeier are nearly at the end of a four-year wait to get the county to buy their property in Eastgate. They will receive a $75,000 check from the county Monday.
Brunmeier said he bought the house in 2006 and renovated it. In the spring of 2007 their home was one of the houses that was flooded in the big flood.
"All we could see when we get back from Kentucky was the roof," he said.
In July 2010, the county, using Severe Repetitive Loss grant funds from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), started paying out checks for homes in Eastgate. The goal, Jo Montana, Grand Gateway Economic Development Association assistant executive director, was to buy all the homes in the subdivision.
She said the GGEDA started working on the project in 1999.
"We only have one parcel left, 11861 Larson Lane, to buy up. Now that we've got the Brunmeiers taken care of, we will see if we can find some money for the last one," Montana said.
In other action, the commissioners:
• At the recommendation of Ben Loring, first assistant district attorney, took no action on a petition to close East 134 Road. The matter was previously at the commissioners' Sept. 19 meeting. Loring said because the petition lacked a map of the area as required by law it was invalid.
• Authorized services provided by Air Medical Group Holdings (Eagle Med) to be presented to county employees as a possible payroll deduction.
• Approved a resolution that executes a project between the county and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for a bridge on 130 Road over an unnamed tributary to Spring River.
•Authorized the county to solicit competitive bids for a paving project on S. 620 Road in Highway District 1. Commission Chairman John Clarke said this will be about a mile long stretch of the road.
• Authorized the county to solicit competitive bids on a 1999 or newer used 10-wheel semi-tractor for Highway District 3.