New county commissioners ‘roll up sleeves’

Rider and Manske busy taking action, accepting appointments

Tracey Rider

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – It may be a trite saying, but two new Canadian County elected officials are doing their part to show they’ve “hit the ground running.”

New District 3 Commissioner Tracey Rider wants to purchase a structure to protect a significant county investment.

County commissioners, at their Jan. 17th meeting, approved soliciting vendor bids for a “lean-to” at the District 3 shop.

“We’ve been looking at this and decided it’s time to put all of this high-dollar equipment under protection,” said Rider, who’s been in office about eight weeks.

“That is going out to bid. Hopefully, we’ll have several to choose from and take good care of the equipment that we’ve invested in.”

Commissioner Rider also is looking for companies interested in providing District 3 with a detachable lowboy trailer to help move large equipment – and a generator for the shop in case of a power outage.

Commissioners approved seeking bids for these potential purchases as well.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Rider has been appointed to represent Canadian County on the Central Oklahoma Work Force Investment Board.

Oklahoma has six local boards that link Oklahomans with workforce services and resources to develop the talent of the state’s workforce.

Canadian is among eight counties on Central Oklahoma’s board. The others are Oklahoma, Logan, Cleveland, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Okfuskee, and Hughes.

A staff member is available to help workers at a COWIB office inside the Canadian County Assessor’s building.



Tom Manske

In his third meeting as District 1 commissioner, Tom Manske volunteered and was appointed as the county’s representative to the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.

The appointment covers the ACOG board of directors and policy committee, along with the 9-1-1 and Garber-Wellington Aquifer boards.

Rider and District 2 Commissioner Dave Anderson will serve as alternates.

Canadian County is among four central Oklahoma counties in ACOG – the others are Oklahoma, Cleveland and Logan. Membership includes 37 cities.

ACOG is a voluntary, non-partisan organization that encourages and facilitates cooperation among local governments, other levels of government and the private sector.

The purpose is to plan the region’s development, thereby improving the health, safety and general welfare of central Oklahoma citizens.

Also at the Jan. 17th meeting, commissioners approved a resolution declaring as surplus 28 Motorola brand radios for Canadian County District 1.

“They are outdated,” Commissioner Manske said. “We’re going to surplus them, and they are going to go to another entity.”



In other business at their Jan. 17th meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • An application for Canadian County Emergency Management to be reimbursed $800 through a state grant for conference and training attendance costs.
  • Awarding a $69,832 bid to King Electric for a used generator in District 2. Two other vendors submitted prices for new generators.
  • Resolutions to declare as surplus a Link-Belt crane, Bomag sheep’s foot roller and Bomag reclaimer machine in District 2. These items likely will be sold at auction.
  • Resolutions declaring as surplus and disposing of an HP 23-inch monitor at the Canadian County Treasurer’s Office. This item was junked.
  • An agreement with Van Keppel to rent equipment that will help keep asphalt roads level in District 3.

Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward presented the weekly county jail report showing an inmate population totaling 204, with 176 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 28 others housed in contracted counties.