Canadian County buildings to get new brick, paint

Commissioners approved paying contractor $4,500

District 3 Canadian County Commissioner Jack Stewart

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Canadian County Commissioners have agreed to pay a contractor $4,500 to make upgrades to two more county buildings.

Tomas Ortiz had submitted a quote to paint the Oklahoma Department of Transportation building (formerly known as the “Mistletoe Building”), 220 N Admire, and to complete brick work on the county administration building, 201 N Choctaw.

County commissioners approved the quote at their weekly meeting Oct. 11.

Ortiz will be paid $4,000 labor to paint the ODOT building in a “two-color system” similar to the sheriff’s office, County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart explained.

“Darker on the bottom and lighter on the top,” he said.

The building houses ODOT survey division’s El Reno field office.

Canadian County also will pay the contractor $500 labor to “brick in” a hallway near the treasurer’s office on the south end of the administration building.

County commissioners, at their Sept. 13th meeting, approved paying Ortiz $9,500 to secure the glass front of the county sheriff’s office at 208 W Rogers adjacent to the county courthouse.

After the sheriff’s administration building was vandalized in March, sheriff’s officials decided to replace the glass with cinderblock and much-more secure, smaller windows.



In other business at this Monday’s meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Resolutions authorizing names of private roads in unincorporated areas off Richland Road south of Apache for 9-1-1 addressing purposes: Basswood Boulevard Northwest, Pinon Lane Northwest, White Ash Drive, Hawthorne Street Northwest, and Red Cedar Avenue Northwest. A plat for the new development may be on a future commissioners’ agenda.
  • Awarding a $91,500 bid to Livingston Machinery for a telescopic telehandler at the Canadian County Expo & Event Center. Another vendor submitted a $102,000 bid.
  • Advertising for bids for heavy duty shelving, pallet rack shelving and storage bins at the Canadian County Expo Center.

In the weekly jail report, Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward announced there were 237 inmates in custody – 191 at the El Reno detention center and 46 in other counties. “Much better numbers,” Ward said, referring to the recent decline in inmate population.

A $75,000 transfer was approved from the county’s reserve fund to cover expenses at the new Canadian County Expo Center. The reserve fund will be replenished when the new county budget takes effect in about one month, commissioners said.