By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – Canadian County Commissioners have awarded contracts for three projects after reviewing competitive bids.
One award was made Nov. 29 for a reinforced concrete box (RCB) culvert on Heaston Road in District 2.
Redlands Contracting earned the $115,461.21 contact to extend in both directions a 10-foot by 6-foot drainage box that was built in the 1930s.
“We need it to be longer,” District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson said.
After three bids were opened last week, Anderson spoke with Redlands Contracting officials before recommending this contractor at the Nov. 29th commissioners’ meeting.
“They do a lot of work with ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Transportation) and a fully qualified,” he said.
Other vendors submitting bids were First Water Contracting ($116,045) and Haskell Lemon Construction ($166,327.20).
District 3 is getting three new tractors after commissioners awarded a bid to Livingston Tractor. This company offered a $124,000 price per tractor.
Other bidders were Western Equipment and P&K Equipment, whose total prices exceeded $500,000 for three tractors.
District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart recommended the award at the Nov. 29th meeting after opening bids the previous Monday.
“In analyzing them, it looks like Livingston is considerably lower,” Stewart noted.
Meanwhile, county commissioners on Nov. 29 awarded a $90,000 bid to Boxer Equipment for a 2010 oil distributor truck for District 2. This price includes delivery.
Commissioner Anderson recommended the award after Boxer Equipment was the only company submitting a bid.
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),” Anderson said.
Stewart, the county commission chairman, pointed out ODOT favors accepting electronic bids for its state highway construction projects.
COUNTY JAIL POPULATION
Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward on Nov. 29 gave the weekly county jail report showing 243 inmates in custody, with 204 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 39 housed in other counties.
On Nov. 22, there were 240 Canadian County inmates – 200 in El Reno and 40 in other counties.
That week, Canadian County’s in-house jail population declined by 27 from Nov. 15 after some recent increases.
“That’s huge,” Stewart declared at the Nov. 22nd commissioners’ meeting.
At that meeting, 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.
Some 13 Canadian County inmates were awaiting transfer to state prison Nov. 29.
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.