By Conrad Dudderar
PIEDMONT – Another housing development is coming to an unincorporated part of northern Canadian County.
The Persimmon Hills Addition will be built is one of the fastest-growing areas of central Oklahoma, officials said.
Developer Scotty Bryan plans to develop 44 lots with new houses on 120 acres in a new subdivision northwest of Piedmont.
Canadian County Commissioners recently approved the Persimmon Hills’ final plat, signing the document at their Dec. 6th weekly meeting.
The site is in Canadian County District 1.
County Commission approval was required since the property is outside city limits in an unincorporated area.
District 1 County Commissioner Marc Hader shared his appreciation to Bryan for placing “great detail” in the plat that makes it clear the roads in Persimmon Hills will be “privately maintained” by property owners.
Roads in any private development must be built to certain standards for Canadian County Commissioners to agree to publicly maintain them using district road crews.
Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart wondered why Bryan decided to call his development Persimmon Hills.
“Are there a lot of trees out there?” Stewart asked.
No, the developer replied. The new housing addition is named after his wife.
Several roads will be named for different tree varieties, Hader noted.
Eastern Canadian County, including Piedmont and surrounding areas, has seen a surge in new development over the past decade.
Canadian County’s population grew by 38,864 (33.6%) between the 2010 and 2020 U.S. Census.
COUNTY JAIL MEDICAL CONTRACT
Meanwhile, Canadian County Commissioners have approved the seventh amendment to an agreement with the medical service provider at the county jail in El Reno.
This “contract for medical staffing and administration” is between the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office and Turn-Key Health Clinics, LLC.
The contract was revised to increase psychiatry and nursing services for jail inmates suffering mental issues, Undersheriff Kevin Ward explained.
“This helps manage that, for both them and us,” Ward told county commissioners.
Total monthly cost of the revised contract is $28,496, an increase of about $1,200.
Undersheriff Ward gave the weekly Canadian County Jail report showing 238 inmates in custody, with 206 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 32 housed in other counties.