Canadian County commissioners review culvert, tractor bids

Will evaluate proposals before awarding contracts

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District 2 Canadian County Commissioner Dave Anderson

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Canadian County Commissioners have opened competitive bids for two projects – but will wait to award contracts.

The first is a reinforced concrete box (RCB) culvert project on Heaston Road in District 2.

A contractor will extend in both directions a 10-foot by 6-foot drainage box that was built in the 1930s, District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson said.

Vendors submitting bids were First Water Contracting ($116,045), Haskell Lemon Construction ($166,327.20) and Redlands Contracting ($115,461.21).

“We need it to be longer,” Anderson explained at the commissioners’ Nov. 22nd meeting.

With the two lowest prices so close, Commissioner Anderson asked to table the award until Nov. 29 “to make sure the bids are in order.”

Three companies submitted bids to provide three new tractors to Canadian County District 3 – Western Equipment, P&K Equipment and Livingston Equipment.

Western Equipment has a $514,497 total price, P&K Equipment bid $375,710.17 with a $127,129.39 warranty and Livingston Tractor offered $124,000 per tractor.

District 3 Canadian County Commissioner Jack Stewart

District 3 County Commissioner Jack Stewart asked to postpone the bid award indefinitely so he could “do some calculations” before deciding which proposal is the best.

The Canadian County Clerk’s Office recently started accepting electronic bids from contractors – although none have yet been received.

“Hopefully, we’ll start getting activity on that online (bidding),” Commissioner Anderson said.

Stewart, the county commission chairman, pointed out the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) favors accepting electronic bids for its state highway construction projects.

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ODDS N ENDS …

In other business at their Nov. 22nd meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Amended contracts between Canadian County and Clearwater Enterprises LLC to purchase natural gas for the Canadian County Courthouse and Canadian County Jail from Dec. 1 through July 31, 2022.
  • Renewing the Canadian County Commissioners’ membership in the National Association of Counties (NACO) for 2022. Cost is $1,996.
  • An ODOT construction claim from Southwest Water Works for utilities in a Waterloo Road bridge project in District 1.
  • Soliciting bids for temporary event carpet at the Canadian County Expo & Event Center.

Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward gave the weekly county jail report showing 240 inmates in custody, with 200 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 40 housed in other counties.

Chairman Stewart called it “good news” because the “in-house” jail population declined by 27 from the previous Monday after some recent increases.

“That’s huge,” Stewart declared.

Undersheriff Ward referred to ongoing efforts to reduce the county jail population, including the transfer of convicted inmates to state prison.

“We’re going to work on keeping those numbers down,” he said, noting jail staffing levels also have declined.

Higher fuel prices – about 50 cents per gallon – is increasing the cost to transfer Canadian County inmates to other jails when bed space is full at the El Reno lock-up, Stewart noted.

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