By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – Canadian County Commissioners have given their “thumbs-up” to plans to install new waterline on county easements serving new homes in a large rural development northwest of Yukon.
Commissioners, at their weekly meeting July 19, heard a presentation about a proposed expansion to the Green Valley Water District waterline, including laying parts of new line in the section line right-of-way.
Some 3-1/2 miles of waterline will serve about 200 new homes while maintaining sufficient water pressure for existing customers in a housing development at Britton and Manning roads, engineer Dan Wade told county commissioners.
The developer prefers for the waterline to be on private easements, Wade explained, asking permission from commissioners for Canadian County to “fill in the gap” for homeowners who “do not respond”.
Using the county easement is the “second option,” he noted.
The property is in an unincorporated area of District 1 “close to El Reno” but not in the city limits, according to District 1 County Commissioner Marc Hader.
Hader thanked Wade for approaching county commissioners, saying “you have the right” to install the lines in the county’s section line right-of-way.
“We don’t want to be an impediment,” the commissioner said.
The development is served by well water. There is a water tower one mile north at Hefner and Manning roads that helps keep water pressure stabilized, according to Wade.
The proposed Green Valley Water District extension will have six-inch waterline for one half and four-inch line for the other half.
Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart asked that the new waterline be placed “at least four feet below the flow line” to avoid damage when county equipment works on rural roads.
ODDS AND ENDS …
In other business at the July 19th meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:
- A memorandum of agreement between the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and District 1 for completed Concho Road project. Commissioner Hader said this five-mile road upgrade was “at least 15 years in the making” and he’s “glad it’s come to fruition.”
- Interlocal agreements between the City of Piedmont and District 1 to include Morgan Road from 206th St. to 192nd St. (one mile) and 206th St. from County Line Road to Sara Road (two miles) as extensions to the county highway system. Hader expressed his desire to improve all roads in the northeast corner of Canadian County “as best we can.”
- A $5,595 increase to a contract with Apex Flooring to install carpet and cove base in two more rooms at the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.
Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward presented the weekly county jail report showing 249 inmates in custody, with 206 housed at the detention center in El Reno and 43 in other counties.