By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – Property adjacent to Canadian County’s juvenile facility will be surveyed in preparation for a possible sale.
Canadian County Commissioners have approved an agreement with Elevation Land Surveying to survey a parcel of land at the site of the Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children’s Justice Center, 7905 E Hwy 66.
The property is directly north of Youth & Family Services’ Donald W. Reynolds Caring Center.
“They have reached out to see if there would be any interest in us selling that property to them,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson said.
State law requires an appraisal be done on the vacant property, Assistant District Attorney Tommy Humphries advised Anderson.
“This is the first step in the process,” Anderson added. “An appraisal is done based on a survey.
“It doesn’t mean we’re obligated to sell it, by any means.”
Youth & Family Services (YFS) operates an emergency shelter serving abused and neglected children, and offers counseling, independent living, foster care, and educational services.
“This has been going on for 12 years I’ve been (in office); they’ve been wanting to buy that land,” District 3 County Commissioner Jack Stewart said.
Plans are to extend the outdoor area at the YFS facility, 7565 E Hwy 66, which has housed its youth shelter and offices since 2007.
About 2,500 people receive help annually from the non-profit charitable organization, now in its 48th year.
There are no dimensions with lineal feet in the legal description for the county-owned property, according to Chairman Anderson.
“Our tract of land, we know, goes to the centerline of the old Interurban railroad,” he noted.
Canadian County Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the land survey agreement at their Oct. 17th meeting.
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In other action during the weekly meeting, commissioners approved:
- An agreement with Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates P.C. to provide professional engineering services for resurfacing projects along Britton Road from Manning Road to Richland Road and on County Road along N.W. 164th from Courtney Road to Fort Reno Road, and reconstruction of Britton Road around Banner Road in District 1.
- Renewing a mapping software maintenance agreement between ESRI, Inc. and the Canadian County Assessor for fiscal year 2023. Annual cost is $15,352.60.
- Advertising a bid for ballot printing at the Canadian County Election Board.
- An agreement with ADT Commercial to monitor fire alarms at the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.
Undersheriff Kevin Ward presented the weekly county jail report showing 229 inmates in custody, with 194 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 35 in other counties.