A $1,000 reward has been offered by the Cherokee County Commissioners as a result of vandalism at a nearby cemetery.

The commissioners decided to offer the reward for the arrest and conviction of any person caught vandalising any cemetery in Cherokee County at the commission meeting Monday.

Additionally, the commissioners met with the department heads to receive a monthly update. Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Jason Allison told commissioners his department is currently working on obtaining more grants for the county. He said the weather radio grant is coming to a close and was a big success. He also said the storm siren grant is advancing and his department has to turn in GPS locations for the siren sites before they can be put in place. Allison additionally told commissioners he is working to get a grant for the city of Scammon to build a community storm shelter.

Cherokee County Health Department Director Betha Elliot told commissioners her continuity of operations plan had to be in place by August 9. The plan determines what steps will be taken to keep operations running in the event of a disaster. Elliot also said it would be a good idea to have all department heads put together similar plans.

Deputy Cherokee County Clerk Paula Cheney, told commissioners the clerkís office is busy working on department budgets for 2012 and have been getting all of the updated information for the county budget. She also told commissioners there were over 11,000 active voters in Cherokee County.

Deputy Cherokee County Register of Deeds Barb Bilke told commissioners the deeds for the delinquent property tax sale properties have been received. She also told commissioners an inspector had come in to review passport processes and said everything was running fine.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Terry Clugston told commissioners Computer Aided Dispatcher training would start this week for dispatchers in the office.†

Cherokee County Treasurer Juanita Hodgson told commissioners Cherokee County Counsellor Kevin Cure had filed the final judgement on the properties from the tax sale on August second to have the money for the properties transferred from Cherokee County District Court to the treasurerís office. Hodgson said because they are training a new court clerk the money would not be transferred for another two weeks to a month. She said the deeds are available because the money was processed as a credit. Hodgson also told commissioners the treasurerís office has been receiving calls about the date of the next property tax sale.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cherokee County Commission will be 9 a.m. August 8 in the Courthouse.