By Gary Garton

Globe Staff Writer

MIAMI, Okla. - Emergency help for heart-attack victims will be available for Ottawa County Courthouse personnel and visitors, thanks to a local civic club's donation.

County Commissioner John Clarke said Tuesday that the Pilot Club of Miami has donated a self-contained automatic defibrillator for use in the courthouse. He said Sheriff Dennis King's staff nurse is qualified to use the machine and has volunteered to give lessons to other courthouse employees.

The commissioners decided to try to have at least one person in each county office qualified to use the machine if it is needed. In recent years, two attorneys and a judge have had heart-related incidents while working at the courthouse.

In other business at Tuesday's commission meeting, Clarke accepted a bid of $195,738 from Tri-State Asphalt of Picher to resurface 5.8 miles of county road from Picher west. Teeters Asphalt of Quapaw bid $222,026 on the job.

Clarke said the paving will be done with some of the settlement money given by the Environmental Protection Agency to repair roads damaged in soil-replacement work in the Tar Creek Superfund area.

The commissioners accepted a bid from the Missouri State Highway Patrol for three 2000 Crown Victoria pursuit vehicles for the sheriff's office at $10,500 per car. Linda Key, with the sheriff's office, asked the panel to reject a bid from Joe Watt Auto Sales of Vinita for a 2000 Crown Victoria at $9,900 because it was a rebuilt vehicle rather than a used one.

Paul Fahnstock of rural Miami met with the commissioners about donating 22 acres of land he owns to the Disabled American Veterans for use as a cemetery.

He said the DAV had tried to buy land for a cemetery, but the cost was prohibitive. Fahnstock said he will donate his land if the transfer is approved by the county.

Ben Loring, assistant district attorney, said the party assuming ownership of the land for a cemetery would have to meet the state statutory requirement to maintain a perpetual-care fund. He said the commissioners could approve the establishment of a cemetery only if the agreement was in place.

Fahnstock said he would contact the DAV and have it work with Loring on details of the transfer.

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