By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – Canadian County has accepted a $100,000 grant to fund a rural road project.
District 1 County Commissioner Marc Hader applied for Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) funds through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG).
County commissioners, at their weekly meeting Aug. 23, approved a contract between the REAP grant program and District 1.
Canadian County has been approved for a project near 164th Street and Calumet Road. Several miles of roadway need to be improved.
“This will help us a little bit toward modifying the base and paving with asphalt,” Commissioner Hader explained. “That area really is in poor shape.”
Hader noted there are “huge trees” and a river along one side of the road, creating “very sandy” soil.
The REAP grant program was created through legislation in 1996 to improve life in rural Oklahoma. The grants require no funding “match.”
The maximum grant amount is $100,000.
REAP grants help counties and municipalities fund road and street construction and repairs, drainage projects, rural highway improvements, county bridge construction and repairs, industrial access road construction and repairs, rural water quality improvements, rural solid waste disposal and treatment, rural sanitary sewer construction or upgrades, telecommunications improvements, among other projects.
Meanwhile, Canadian County Commissioners this week approved an interlocal agreement for another District 1 road project.
This one is with the City of Piedmont.
District 1 crews will help on a “chip seal” surfacing project on Morgan Road from 192nd Street (AKA Arrowhead Street) to 178th Street (AKA Edmond Road).
“We’ve been working up in that northeast corner trying to get every paved road in our jurisdiction re-built,” Commissioner Hader noted.
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In other business at their Aug. 23rd meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:
- Awarding a $9,646.60 contract to Ezell’s Refrigeration of El Reno to replace a heating and air conditioning unit at the Canadian County Sheriff’s Annex building. Ezell’s submitted the lowest of three quotes.
- An agreement with WBC Rental of El Reno to rent a one-man lift for one week. The equipment will be used to finish installing razor wire around the courtyard at the county jail.
- Renewing an agreement with Washita County to enable Canadian County to utilize Washita County Jail bed space to house Canadian County prisoners sentenced to state prison or awaiting sentencing. Cost is $18 per day per inmate, which Chairman Jack Stewart called a “great deal.”
- Sale of county-owned property on Sunset Drive in El Reno’s Lakeview Addition for $4,701 to lone bidder Brandi Smith.
- OG&E bills totaling $6,238.74 for services from July 15 through Aug. 12 at the new Canadian County Expo & Event Center.
- A consultant contract between Cathy Montgomery, MS, RD/LD and the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center to provide licensed dietician services for fiscal year 2022.