Canadian County OKs $10M for municipal water, sewer projects

Commissioners approve ARPA federal stimulus distributions

Dave Anderson

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Canadian County’s four largest cities have received just over $10 million of the county’s $28.8 million federal stimulus award for water and sewer projects.

Canadian County commissioners, at their weekly meeting May 30, approved distributions totaling $10,006,630 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to these municipalities:

  • City of Mustang – $2,802,612
  • City of El Reno – $2,438,044
  • City of Yukon – $3,725,438
  • City of Piedmont – $1,040,536

These monies will be made “available to them immediately,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson said.

Tommy Humphries

Commissioners followed the advice of Assistant District Attorney Tommy Humphries to use a “formula approach” based on about 76% of what these cities already have been directly awarded from the ARPA program:

Mustang ($3,690,000), El Reno ($3,210,000), Yukon ($4,905,020), and Piedmont ($1,370,000).

“Several weeks ago, we decided to allocate a percentage of our available money to the sewer and water projects,” Anderson said.

The four municipalities formally requested the following shares of Canadian County’s award: Mustang ($3,560,000), El Reno ($3,500,000), Yukon ($4,350,000), and Piedmont ($1,406,499).

Mustang has received 78.7% of its requested amount, El Reno 69.7%, Yukon 85.6%, and Piedmont 74%.

Canadian County’s municipal water obligations total $10,348,411. Remaining funds are expected to be distributed to the small municipalities of Union City and Calumet.

The municipalities are considered “sub-recipients” of Canadian County’s ARPA award, Humphries said.

Commissioners also plan to distribute shares of ARPA funds totaling $1,826,191 to eight entities in two other categories – rural water and community services.



Canadian County received $28,806,702 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill designed to speed up the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing recession.

Commissioners previously obligated $16,632,100 of its $28.8 million ARPA award:

  • $10 million for estimated “lost” Canadian County revenue, which may be used toward construction of a new county courthouse complex.
  • $6.2 million to the Canadian County Health Department. Some $6,005,867.92 has been spent to acquire property near SH-66 and Evans Road for a new CCHD site.
  • $432,100 to the Canadian County District Attorney’s Office to administer the county’s ARPA funds over five years. $86,420 has been spent.

Canadian County and its municipalities must follow a federal reporting process as the ARPA funds are obligated and spent.

Federal ARPA stimulus funds may be used to:

  • Restore lost revenues for any negative tax impact due to lower economic activity.
  • Upgrade and improve Internet broadband, water and sewer infrastructure.
  • Respond to the negative economic impacts and public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to be prepared for any future pandemics.
  • Provide premium pay for essential employees who undertook required public health-related work during the pandemic.