The meeting must go on …

Although Canadian County offices are closed, commissioners conduct business

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Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Although Canadian County government offices were closed, the weekly county commissioners’ meeting proceeded as usual.

With just three people in the audience (one being a county employee), Canadian County Commissioners convened at 9 a.m. Feb. 12 inside the public meeting room of the county administration building, 201 N Choctaw.

County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart announced Monday night that Canadian County offices would be closed Tuesday due to the blizzard and below-freezing temperatures that gripped the area. A second snowfall was forecasted to start Tuesday evening.

Despite the inclement weather, Stewart said commissioners would still meet in the morning to conduct the business of Canadian County. Commissioners typically meet on Monday mornings, but county offices were closed Feb. 11 for President’s Day.

“Thanks to everyone for being here despite the negative eight-degree temperature outside,” said Stewart, the District 3 county commissioner.

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As the first order of business, commissioners awarded a $6,612.48 quote to Ezell’s Refrigeration to replace a heating and air conditioning unit in the Education Building at the Canadian County Fairgrounds on N Country Club Road.

County maintenance supervisor Chris Jackson recommended commissioners award the job to Ezell’s over two other vendors submitting quotes: Jentry Service ($8,855) and Air Comfort Solutions ($7,118).

Joining Jackson in the audience for Tuesday’s meeting was David Von Tungeln, president of the Canadian County Farm Bureau. Von Tungeln accepted a proclamation from commissioners declaring Feb. 15-19 as “Farm Bureau Week” in Canadian County. (See full story in Saturday’s edition)

Meanwhile, Chairman Stewart reported on the weekly county jail population count. There were 213 inmates in custody, down 11 from last week.

The total includes 190 inmates at the jail in El Reno and 23 inmates housed in other counties. Some 24 Canadian County inmates were awaiting transfer to the state Department of Corrections.

Although Canadian County government offices were closed, Canadian County Commissioners meet to conduct county business Tuesday morning, Feb. 12 inside the county administration building, 201 N Choctaw: From left, County Clerk Sherry Murray, Commission Chairman Jack Stewart (District 3) and District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader. District 2 Commissioner Dave Anderson was out of town. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

Two agenda items were tabled until next week’s commissioners’ meeting:

  • The latest funding request for the new Canadian County Fairgrounds & Expo Center construction project; and
  • A proposal with Security Solutions for a building security access management system/badge access for the county commissioners’ office and emergency management.