Canadian County Commissioners approve CCHD mural

Chairman Stewart: ‘Abstract’ display will be painted on alley side, not on doors

District 3 Canadian County Commissioner Jack Stewart

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A new mural will be painted on an outside wall at the Canadian County Health Department’s El Reno office.

Canadian County Commissioners have approved a façade easement indenture with the City of El Reno to allow the mural display behind the CCHD building, 100 S Rock Island in downtown El Reno.

County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart, who made the motion to approve at the commissioners’ June 28th meeting, said the mural may be painted only on the “alley side” of the building. The mural will have an “abstract” design, he added.

Another stipulation commissioners added was that the new mural would not be painted on any door.

That came after a request by CCHD administrative assistant Steve Wheeler.

“The lab guys are used to finding those green doors,” Wheeler noted. “That’s how they identify our building when we have lab pick-up outside the doors.”

Canadian County officials must approve the mural drawings before painting starts, according to District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson.

Katie Gore, executive assistant to the city manager for the City of El Reno, had discussed the proposed mural project during the June 7th commissioners’ meeting.

Action was postponed until this week’s meeting, when commissioners approved the façade easement indenture by a 3-0 vote.


In other business at their June 28th meeting, county commissioners approved:

  • Nomination of Jeff Sadler as trustee and Matt Blackwood as alternate trustee representing the Town of Okarche on the Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority (OEMA) board of directors. Canadian County, as beneficiary of the OEMA trust, must approve all board nominations.
  • Advertising for bids for soil stabilization products and blended supplemental cementitious materials to supplement the board’s recent six-month bid awards. These are the last bids of the 2020-21 fiscal year.
  • A four-week rental agreement between District 2 and Warren Cat for a pad foot vibratory compactor.
  • An inventory transfer, from the Canadian County Treasurer to the Canadian County Free Fair, for a Kronos Intouch time clock at the new Canadian County Expo & Event Center.

Canadian County jail administrator Kristie Carter presented the weekly county jail report showing 248 inmates in custody, including 204 at the detention center in El Reno and 44 housed in other counties.

Carter told commissioners that state Department of Corrections’ officials have been “very responsive to our requests to transfer” inmates to state prisons.

A new mural will be painted in the back alley of the Canadian County Health Department building in downtown El Reno. (Photo provided)