Process starts to close Canadian County road

‘Wise move’ to get rid of liability, commissioner says

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Dave Anderson

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Canadian County Commissioners have moved a step closer to permanently closing a “dead-end” county road.

The one-mile section of Courtney Road, between Reno and S.W. 15th, is now the responsibility of District 2 Commissioner Dave Anderson.

It’s a “wise move” for commissioners to “move in the direction of getting rid of a liability”, said Anderson, referring to potential maintenance costs.

Commissioners voted 3-0 on Nov. 14 to approve a resolution “to begin the statutory process of vacating the right-of-way” in District 2.

“It’s a dead-end mile,” explained Anderson, the commission chairman. “It’s about one mile north of the South Canadian River so there’s a lot of drainage on that.

“There’s a creek that is running right down the right-of-way and it’s eroding into the road and widening.”

Property owners on both sides of this section-line have asked Canadian County officials to either rebuild and overhaul the road or close the right-of-way, allowing them to fence it off.

Canadian County Commissioners will have a hearing “in a couple weeks” to formally close the right-of-way, Anderson added.

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ODDS N ENDS …

In other business at their weekly meeting Nov. 14, county commissioners approved:

  • A $1,147.50 change order from Cory’s Audio Visual for an audio-visual system upgrade project at the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center. Displays inside the courtroom are being moved because they had blocked the judge’s view of the witnesses, court reporter and jury.
  • An agreement with P&H Cleaning for the monthly cleaning service of the Canadian County Health Department’s van and fifth wheel trailer.
  • Five floodplain permits, for construction of a metal building, burial of three new oil and gas pipelines and placement of a new oil and gas pad.

Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward gave the weekly county jail report showing 230 inmates in custody, with 195 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 35 housed in other county jails.

Matt Duea and his sons sit on the dais after Duea gave the invocation at the Nov. 14th Canadian County Commissioners’ meeting in El Reno. A U.S. Army veteran, Duea is a legal instruments examiner with the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch AFB-710. He is a LifeGroups coach at LifeChurch’s Yukon campus, a prayer team volunteer with True North Basecamps and is active in several men’s ministries. Duea involves his boys in as many of them as possible. (Photo provided)
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