Grand River Dam Authority granted access to county GPS information

Creek County will allow Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) access to its Intelligent Middleware (IMW) server so it can capture latitude and longitude information for its subscribers. IMW services help communications with radios and smartphones. 

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting on October 19th, Commissioner New Stephens said that the GRDA request is about providing safer conditions for its officers. He said he spoke with the Department of Public Safety and that they okayed the access, as did Creek County Undersheriff Joe Thompson.  

Creek County is five years into a 10-year grant for the radios which have GPS tracking capabilities. Right now the County owns the radios and the access to them, but DPS will take over that ownership in five years. 

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There was a discussion about who owns the land the radio towers sit on, and if the county can limit GRDA to only the area with the information they need, and the grant. Ultimately this item passed the board unanimously. 

It was approved for the Allocation of Beverage Tax to be distributed as follows: Sapulpa, $18,682, Bristow, $3,833, Mannford, $2,797, Drumright, $2,644, Kiefer, $1,532, Kellyville, $1,046, Mounds, $1,062, Oilton, $922, Depew, $433, Lawrence Creek, $137, Slick, $120, Shamrock, $93.

The Emergency Resolution keeping sheriff’s deputies at the Courthouse was approved to continue another week. Emergency Management Director Covey Murray stated that Creek County has 171 active cases since Friday, 13 of which were new.

There was a discussion of the so-called “hot spot” of COVID-19 in Creek County, which is located around the Town West and Oakhurst area.