Ford County Commission Chairman Jerry King gave the "State of the County" address at Wednesday's Chamber Luncheon. A little more than 100 attendees listened to King talk about the new Western State Bank Expo Center, the expansion of wind power and the coming oil boom.


     Ford County Commission Chairman Jerry King gave the "State of the County" address at Wednesday's Chamber Luncheon. A little more than 100 attendees listened to King talk about the new Western State Bank Expo Center, the expansion of wind power and the coming oil boom.
     A large portion of King's talk focused on oil. King said the county may be looking at "opportunity for wealth with some pain," due to the rapid growth a boom could bring to the area. According to King, some oil companies feel that the formation in our area contains more oil than the fields in North Dakota.
     One of the concerns facing the county with the potential of an oil boom is managing the wear and tear on the roads. King said estimates he has heard are that approximately 2,000 trucks accompany each well drilled.
     According to King, the county has been in conversation with the state about the state tax revenues from oil drilling and how some of that money could be channeled to the area for road maintenance.
     In recognizing the staff and different departments throughout the county, King took a moment to spotlight Brenda Pogue and her staff in the register of deeds department, who have been dealing with oil and gas lease people who have been using the records to acquire mineral rights for two years.
     King also used the occasion to recognize Kim Goodnight for his 11-year contribution as a county commissioner.
     King said he was looking forward to the governor signing off on Chris Boys as the Republican Party's selection to replace Goodnight.
     Terry Malone, Ford County attorney, also spoke and thanked the county commissioners for recognizing the need to retain and attract good staff members by increasing his assistant attorney pay by 25 percent and putting longevity increases into place.