In 24 minutes, commissioners conduct county business

Breeze through Monday’s weekly meeting agenda; excavator bids rejected

Canadian County Commissioners practice “social distancing” by sitting at least six feet from each other during Monday morning’s weekly meeting in El Reno: From left, District 2 Commissioner David Anderson, County Clerk Sherry Murray, County Commission Chairman Marc Hader and District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

EL RENO – In what was the quickest weekly meeting in their memory, Canadian County Commissioners breezed through a short agenda with only one audience member looking on.

The three-member Canadian County Commission convened Monday morning in the public meeting room of the Canadian County Administration Building, 201 N Choctaw.

The meeting lasted 24 minutes, ending at 9:24 a.m., with commissioners saying it was the shortest regular meeting they could recall.

Commissioners Marc Hader, David Anderson and Jack Stewart, along with County Clerk Sherry Murray, practiced social distancing by sitting at least six feet apart.

Public access to Canadian County offices has been restricted due to coronavirus concerns as some county officials and employees have chosen to work from home.

The front door to the county administration building is open; however, citizens are encouraged to conduct county business by mail, phone or online.

The outside door to the public meeting room was propped open so Canadian County residents could enter Monday morning. But the only person in the audience was a member of the local press.

There were three business items on Monday’s agenda.

Commissioners rejected bids for a used excavator for District 2 submitted by three vendors – C.L. Boyd, Warren Cat and Kirby Smith.

Bids for nine different excavators ranged from $110,500 to $320,200.

District 2 Commissioner Anderson recommended the bids be rejected because “none were within the price range” he estimated.

Commissioner Anderson said he would continue to look for a machine.

At the recommendation of District 3 Commissioner Stewart, the commissioners approved a temporary installation permit from Ovintiv Mid Continent, Inc. to cross 234th Street in District 3.

Meanwhile, commissioners designated a final plat for Gordon’s Hollow at 150th and Cimarron Road in District 1. The board designated street names for 9-1-1 addressing: Mistletoe Circle, Rose Tree Court, Redbud Ridge Lane, and Scissortail Road.

Commissioner Jack Stewart gave a report on the county jail, whose population dropped by six to 139.

The brief meeting concluded after commissioners stamped stacks of appropriations and transfers, blanket purchase orders and claims.