By Conrad Dudderar
El RENO – A Canadian County commissioner – for the first time – is using a state financing program to acquire a road grader.
Canadian County Commissioners, at their last meeting of 2021, approved an agreement between District 1 and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) for a “lease with purchase option” on this piece of machinery.
District 1 County Commissioner Marc Hader is using ODOT financing for the 2021 John Deere 772G motor grader.
Hader said his district had “never bought a piece of equipment” through this available financing option.
“We applied and got approved for it,” he said.
Payments are $2,628 monthly for 96 months.
In a related item, commissioners approved an ODOT claim form to C.L. Boyd totaling $245,000 toward District 1’s lease purchase.
That’s the maximum ODOT will appropriate although the total cost will be “closer to $300,000”, Hader noted.
The motor grader is provided by C.L. Boyd, which has dealerships on West Reno in Oklahoma City, SE 2nd Street in Lawton and Cooper Drive in Ardmore.
But the large equipment is owned by the state transportation department.
So, it was inspected and picked up at ODOT’s Division 4 headquarters on West US-77 in Perry.
In other business at their Dec. 27th meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:
- A service contract extension agreement between the Canadian County Assessor’s Office and Pro-West & Associates for the county’s GIS (geographical information systems) mapping program. Cost is $5,970.08.
HOLIDAY JAIL COUNT
Inmate population is down at the Canadian County Jail between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Undersheriff Kevin Ward reported the sheriff’s office on Dec. 27 had 232 inmates in custody – down 14 from the previous week.
The total count includes 203 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 29 housed in other counties.
“That’s down a little bit,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart pointed out. “People acted right over the holiday.”
This week’s Canadian County Jail report showed the lowest inmate population in December.
Total inmate counts were 246, 250 and 238 on the previous three Mondays.