OSBI investigates operations, Paslay says

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Kevin Paslay, the District 2 Osage County commissioner, began a board meeting Monday by announcing that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has initiated a probe of the District 2 yard and operations.

“OSBI is investigating the District 2 yard and our operations. They have been there once and have not been back,” Paslay said. “I don’t know if that’s good or bad.”

Paslay, who is from Skiatook, said he was making the announcement to provide clarification for the public, just in case any rumors were making the rounds about the investigation. He pledged to say more when he receives the investigation results.

Asked when the OSBI visited the District 2 shop operation, Paslay said it had been a week — Oct. 15.

“I have given them full cooperation,” Paslay said, pledging to correct anything that the OSBI deems in need of attention.

In a separate discussion Monday, Paslay and other members of the board of commissioners stressed the importance for companies placing utility lines of various kinds near or across Osage County roads to submit the appropriate utility permit paperwork to county government.

It’s not just a bureaucratic hurdle, the commissioners said, pointing out that the safety of county road crew members is an issue.

The Board of Commissioners touched on the subject more than once Monday, and Paslay said there are numerous violations. He added that the commissioners are working with the district attorney’s office to address the situation.

“I have put that in front of the D.A.,” Paslay told the Journal-Capital.

The commissioners also held an executive session Monday to talk about the breach-of-contract lawsuit that Jay Mitchell has filed against them regarding the botched auction of the Kennedy building, located at the corner of Sixth and Kihekah in downtown Pawhuska.

The meeting agenda contained an item for any action the board might take following the executive session, but Paslay said the board was not taking any action. He explained the board had received information from legal counsel about upcoming steps in the case. The commissioners have filed a motion to dismiss that was awaiting action as of Monday.