By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – Canadian County Commissioners hope to soon be able to upgrade a shabby road leading to the county’s new $15.2 million Expo & Event Center.
County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart has been in talks with El Reno Mayor Matt White about having the City of El Reno “de-annex” 2-1/2 miles of Jensen Road east of Highway 81.
The El Reno City Council, at its Tuesday, July 13 meeting, will consider ordinance 9278 de-annexing portions of Jensen Road in sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27, T12N, R7W, I.M.
The Canadian County Expo & Event Center, near Jensen and Alfadale roads south of Interstate 40, recently opened by hosting a Rope the Rockies’ team roping competition.
Several more events – notably the 67th Annual Canadian County Free Fair set Aug. 23-29 – are coming up this summer and fall at the new fairgrounds’ complex.
Canadian County Commissioners recently asked El Reno city officials to de-annex part of Jensen Road in El Reno city limits so they can make improvements for motorists coming to the facility.
Several areas along the old “chip seal” road are in poor shape, to put it mildly.
“It’s pot-holed to threads,” said Stewart, the District 3 county commissioner.
“We want to be able to go in and do some work on it. We need to get something done out there.”
District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson was pleased to hear the El Reno City Council would consider annexation.
“That’s good news,” Anderson said, matter-of-factly.
ODDS AND ENDS
In other business at their weekly meeting July 12, Canadian County Commissioners approved:
- A Central Oklahoma Workforce Development Area Consortium operations agreement among the governing bodies of Canadian, Cleveland, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, and Seminole counties. Federal funds administered through the Department of Commerce provide workforce investment programs in these nine counties.
- Annual interlocal agreements for Canadian County District 1 crews to provide road grading and mowing services for the City of Piedmont.
- Renting a crack sealant melter to apply Crafco, Inc. sealant in District 2.
- An annual agreement for the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office to provide four full-time law enforcement officers for “protection services” during the 2021-22 school year at Mustang Public Schools.