Canadian County Commissioners to vacate section line

Along Reformatory Road in El Reno; public hearing required

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Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

At the request of a developer, Canadian County officials are taking steps to vacate part of a section line in El Reno.

Canadian County Commissioners, at their Dec. 21st meeting, approved a resolution to vacate about 800 feet of the Reformatory Road section line along the west boundary of Crimson Lake Estates – Phase 2.

The developer of a small housing addition has asked the county to take this action.

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Assistant District Attorney Tommy Humphries advised county commissioners they would need to call a public hearing before closing a portion of the section line.

Notices must be sent to four property owners living within 300 feet, Humphries added. A copy of the notice also must be published in the local newspaper.

Part of the section line runs through Lake El Reno, District 3 County Commissioner Jack Stewart noted.

In other business at the Dec. 21st meeting, county commissioners approved:

  • Paying $304,000 to Warren CAT to purchase a 2021 Caterpillar 140 AWD motor grader for District 2. The cost is based on state contract pricing and includes a five-year warranty.
  • An agreement to participate with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Ok-First. This will provide Canadian County with “up-to-date” severe weather information “as it occurs in our area”, Emergency Management Director Andrew Skidmore said. There is no charge for this service.
  • Funding requests for the new county Expo Center construction, notably $20,833 to the Canadian County (Banner) Water Authority for water line design costs.

Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward reported there were 199 inmates in the county jail, with 183 “in-house” and 16 being housed in other counties “to help manage the COVID outbreak.” Some 21 county inmates await transfer to the state Department of Corrections.