Canadian County Commissioners OK contract to replace ‘old jail’ lights

Chairman Stewart: $42,500 project needed due to aging, damage

District 3 Canadian County Commissioner Jack Stewart

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A new lighting system is being installed in the old section of the Canadian County Jail, 304 N Evans.

Canadian County Commissioners, at their weekly meeting Aug. 16, approved a $42,500 contract with Voss Lighting for new lights in 40 old jail cells.

Commissioners in June learned that the old lighting system needed to be replaced due to age and “wear and tear”. County sheriff’s officials told them about the need for constant repairs and damage caused by inmates.

“They are much-needed,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart said this week. “I can vouch for that.

“I took a tour of the old jail. Pretty much every cell has some really, really old lights.”

This upgrade will provide an LED lighting system that is much less susceptible to damage without jail staff having to constantly replace bulbs.

Voss Lighting was the lowest of three companies submitting quotes.

Funds to pay for this project come from the county’s building repairs fund.

A formal bidding process was not needed since the estimated cost was below $50,000.

In other business at their weekly meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • A county bridge inspection report with consultant H.W. Lochner, Inc. for two structures – one over Shell Creek in District 3 and the other in Union City in District 2.
  • Renting a roller from United Rentals to prepare roadway for a District 3 armor coat chip seal project.

On Monday, there were 229 inmates being housed at the Canadian County Jail – the same amount as one week ago.