Canadian County Expo Center needs the power

Authority approves $9K to help with facility users’ ‘power needs’

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Canadian County Expo & Event Center Director Nathan Smith

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Users of the new Canadian County fairgrounds’ complex need more power – and that’s just what they will get.

The Canadian County Public Facilities Authority, comprised of the three county commissioners, has approved a change order to a “temporary power bid” at the Canadian County Expo & Event Center, 3001 Jensen Road East.

It will cost $9,206.18 to extend power connections outside and inside the newly built facility.

The Canadian County Expo & Event Center – featuring an indoor arena, open-air pavilion and large meeting hall – opened in July on the northwest corner of Jensen and Alfadale roads just south of Interstate 40.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have had a great response to the new facility,” Expo Center Director Nathan Smith told CCPFA trustees. “Some large trade shows are moving from the Oklahoma City area to come take advantage of our location and facility that we have.”

With many of these shows featuring boats and recreational vehicles, the need for more temporary power has increased.

“This is just an attempt to ‘put our best foot forward’ and have the wherewithal to have a little more power available” when needed, Smith added.

“Trade shows use lots of power,” he said.

Adding these power cord connections will “make them more functional”, CCPFA Trustee Dave Anderson said.

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FILLING THE TANK?

Meanwhile, CCPFA trustees haven’t decided whether to appeal an order from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

DEQ approval is needed to finalize the Canadian County Expo & Event Center phase one construction project.

DEQ officials recently directed Canadian County to repurpose an underground sanitary tank system on the property at Jensen and Alfadale roads.

It would cost $16,179.45 to fill in the sewage tanks with “flowable fill,” Trustee Anderson noted.

“I don’t think we could salvage them now,” Anderson said.

CCPFA trustees agreed to table action on this item indefinitely to give them time to study their options.

“I’m wondering if we can appeal this (ruling) to someone higher?” Authority Chairman Jack Stewart said. “This just does not make sense.

“I don’t know who you’d appeal to.”

Stewart, the District 3 county commissioner, said “it’s not so much the money” he’s concerned about.

“It’s the principle,” he said.

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