MIAMI — Another snag has been encountered by county officials in repairs ongoing at the Ottawa County jail that will further delay the return of evacuated inmates since an electrical fire occurred there in October.

Commissioner Russell Earls reported at the board’s regular meeting Monday that Johnson Controls (which is in charge of getting the fire suppression and smoke detector system back up and running) found damaged and old pipes in need of replacement, which must be completed before the jail can officially reopen.

The hope is that the replacements will be done by the end of this week, although the repairs could take longer.

In other matters, commissioners approved a resolution committing the courthouse to a Workplace Wellness policy, and a TSET Healthy Living Program 2.0 grant application through the Oklahoma Tobacco for Ottawa County.

They also approved a detention services agreement with Washington County for housing the inmates evacuated here last October after an electrical fire. The approval is contingent on Sheriff Jeremy Floyd also signing the agreement, as he was not present at the meeting.

The board tabled an updated county Transportation Plan for 2021-2028 presented by John Blickensderfer of Guy Engineering. The program involves 10 projects in a five-year plan.

The approval of OneScreen interactive video conferencing, software, installation, and equipment for the main courtroom was tabled again. Also tabled was approval of Wi-Fi that would correlate with the program.

Estimates came in at approximately $92 a month for the service that is not provided by court administration. Provider options include Cable One and five others.