Additional Delaware County families addressed the Delaware County commissioners on Monday, July 9, about the flood of poultry houses being constructed in the county.

“There are too many chicken houses and they are too big,” said Gerald Bockman.

Gerald and Allyson Bockman live east of Rose along Scenic 412 Highway in southern Delaware County.

Bockman, a former Simmons Poultry grower, was one of eight Delaware County residents in attendance during Monday’s meeting. who opposed the poultry houses and the abuse of water rights in the area.

“They (poultry houses) are using one million gallons of water a year,” Bockman said.

Bockman told the commissioners there are 30 poultry houses within two miles of his house.

“I have heard they are going to put 100 chicken houses off Scenic 412, but you can see 50 chicken houses from the highway.”

Shirlene and Wayne Denny, who live between Jay and Colcord, attended the commissioners meeting for the second week, addressing the commissioners on what can be done requesting zoning laws.

Delaware County Commission Chairman Russell Martin (District 2) told the group a recent Attorney General’s opinion states commercial feeding operations can’t be regulated at the county level.

“Something has to be done,” said Shirlene Denny.

In other business, the commissioners approved the Delaware County Official Certificate of Proposition 788 votes from the June 26 election.

Proposition 788 approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. While the measure passed state-wide, Delaware County voters opposed the measure 4,724 to 4,628 votes.

In financial business, the commissioners approved paying a $1,074.15 State of Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs invoice and a $1,500 invoice from Kellpro for hosting the county’s website.

The next meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, July 16 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.