Canadian County OKs $90K for new parking lot designs

Upgrades proposed at juvenile center, assessor’s office

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Dave Anderson

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – An engineering firm will be paid $90,836 in preparation for parking lot upgrades at two Canadian County buildings.

A contractor will be hired to rebuild parking lots outside the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center, 7905 E Hwy 66; and Canadian County Assessor’s Office, 200 N Choctaw.

Canadian County Commissioners, at their weekly meeting Jan. 31, approved a service agreement with GUY Engineering Services for “design and geo-tech work” on the new parking lots, Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson said.

County commissioners, in October 2021, agreed to have the county’s “on-call” engineer develop specifications and design plans for this project.

The $90,836 purchase order to pay for the engineering services will be “split” between the county general fund for the assessor’s office lot and the county sales tax fund for the juvenile center’s lot, Chairman Anderson explained.

Construction costs for both new parking lots also will be divided, he added.

Canadian County Assessor Matt Wehmuller last October suggested installing a concrete surface (instead of asphalt) with angled parking for his office’s parking lot – which was last repaired in 2012.

Wehmuller even offered to cover part of the project cost using funds that had been budgeted – but not spent – for a new assessor’s office vehicle.

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THIS AND THAT …

Among other business at their Jan. 31st meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • A lease agreement between the Canadian County Public Facilities Authority and Canadian County for the Expo & Event Center. The Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma asked the authority to insure the property – not the county – because it is the owner. The agreement also spells out how the county covers operational costs.
  • Designating Tommy Humphries and Chairman Anderson as requisitioning officers and Kim Kaes and Kristie Chandler as receiving officers for the Office of Violence Against Women Grant Fund. Canadian County was awarded this $492,576 federal grant last fall for the Cardinal Point domestic violence center.
  • Resolutions to declare county equipment as surplus for Canadian County District 1 – a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup, fuel tank/toolbox combo and Broce RJ350 Broom. The items will be sold at auction.
  • A resolution to dispose of county equipment – a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe that was wrecked. The county received a $17,450 insurance settlement.
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