Canadian County Jail due lighting upgrade

$42,500 project aimed to reduce damage caused by 'destructive' inmates

Marc Hader

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Inmates had caused damage to lights at the Canadian County Jail – and action is being taken to help resolve the issue.

Canadian County Commissioners, at their weekly meeting June 21, gave their blessing to upgrade the lighting system in the old section of the county jail.

Voss Lighting will provide and install the new system for $42,500.

“The old lighting system – we have some destructive inmates and we’re constantly repairing these lights,” Canadian County Sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Gerten explained. “They’re basically ‘tearing them apart’.”

This upgrade will provide a LED lighting system that is much less susceptible to damage without jail staff having to constantly replace bulbs, Gerten advised commissioners.

Voss Lighting was the lowest of three companies submitting quotes. A formal bidding process was not required since the project is below $50,000.

District 1 County Commissioner Marc Hader endorsed the move.

“It sounds like a good way to go,” Hader said. “If it helps us cut down on some of the repair needs, for all of us it’s a ‘win’ in the long run.

“LED is a going to be a quality light and last longer.”

Funds to pay for this project will come from the county’s building repairs fund, District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson said.


In other business at their June 21st meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • An agreement with United Systems to install a new WatchGuard Model M370 firewall to update the county’s network security. Noting the current system has been vulnerable, Commissioner Hader said, “The steps we are taking now will be well worth the investment.” United Systems also will install new Aruba Network switches and multi-mode fiber cabling.
  • Participating in the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma’s self-insured group property and liability insurance coverage for FY21-22. Total cost is $514,387, with $200,000 in a deductible plan.
  • A resale property fund financial statement totaling $471,592 for the Canadian County Treasurer’s Office. This puts money in the county coffers with properties back on the tax rolls, Hader noted.
  • An agreement with Bonnie Bottoms to provide landscaping services for flower beds at the Canadian County Health Department’s Yukon office. Cost is $20 per hour.
  • A resolution allowed District 3 to accept a $1,125 donation from Chavis Daughety to install a culvert.
  • An engagement letter from the State Auditor and Inspector for FY20. “They are in our building now working on our audit,” Commissioner Anderson said.
  • A proposal from MKEC Engineering for professional services on a project to provide a reinforced concrete box on Heaston Road crossing underneath Elm in District 2.

Sgt. Gerten presented the weekly Canadian County Jail reporting 235 inmates in custody with 196 prisoners at the detention center in El Reno and 39 in other counties. Some 19 inmates await transfer to state Department of Corrections’ custody.