By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A $6 million sale of a former oil and gas property that will house the Canadian County Health Department closed June 28.
One week later, Canadian County Commissioners increased by $13,800 the county’s insurance premium to cover this new county-owned site.
The three commissioners, at their July 5th meeting, approved a “revised quote” for the county’s property/liability insurance for fiscal year 2022-23.
Canadian County government facilities are insured annually through Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma’s Self-Insured Group (ACCO-SIG).
The change increases the amount from $603,614 to $617,414.
“This action is necessary because on Tuesday of last week, we acquired the ‘Halliburton building’,” said Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson. “To get it on our insurance, there was an increase in cost.
“It’s important that we get it insured.”
Commissioners have decided to pay the $617,414 premium all at once.
The newest Canadian County property is a 32,000-square foot building on 10 acres at 6100 E Highway 66 in El Reno city limits.
The property is on the south side of Highway 66 just west of Canadian Valley Technology Center.
The site, which housed Halliburton’s El Reno plant for several years until December 2019, will be renovated for the Canadian County Health Department (CCHD).
Canadian County Commissioners decided June 27 to spend $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to cover the purchase price.
This was the county commissioners’ first disbursement of some $28.8 million in federal stimulus aid awarded to Canadian County in 2021.
In August 2021, CCHD was the first entity to formally request a share of Canadian County’s $28.8 million ARPA allocation.
The health department has set aside about $3 million to remodel the E Highway 66 property to suit their needs.
Canadian County Commissioners will work closely with health department officials during the renovation design and construction process.
Having a new, larger Canadian County Health Department at this central location will “make public health services more accessible to all citizens of Canadian County,” Chairman Anderson noted.
“I’m excited about the possibilities,” Anderson added.
Canadian County now owns buildings in Yukon (1023 E Vandament) and El Reno (100 S Rock Island) that house CCHD clinics and offices.
OKC West Industrial Park LLC sold the E Highway 66 property to Canadian County.