By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A contractor will be hired to replace the parking lot outside a Canadian County government building.
Canadian County Commissioners are seeking bids for the parking resurfacing project at the Canadian County Assessor’s Office, 200 N Choctaw.
Commissioners, at their weekly meeting Aug. 28, voted unanimously to approve design plans prepared by the county’s engineering firm.
This set of plans “will be used as the specifications,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson said.
Interested bidders will be asked to submit two paving prices – for asphalt and concrete, he noted.
In October 2021, county commissioners agreed to have GUY Engineering Services develop specifications and design plans to reconstruct parking lots at the Canadian County Assessor’s Office and the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.
Canadian County Assessor Matt Wehmuller previously told commissioners he hoped to see “something that’s quality that’s going to last” for the new assessor’s office parking lot.
Wehmuller suggested installing a concrete surface (instead of asphalt) with angled parking.
His office’s parking lot was last repaved in 2012.
Many vehicles will have to be moved during construction.
Another set of plans for the juvenile center has been prepared for whenever CCCJC officials are ready to proceed with their parking lot replacement project.
ELECTRIC TO ‘LEAN-TO’
An El Reno company has been awarded a contract for electric work at the new open-air garage (also called a “lean-to”) at the District 3 yard.
King Electric submitted the lone bid, totaling $17,160, that will allow the 70-foot by 225-foot heavy equipment building to have electric service.
First-year District 3 Commissioner Tracey Rider recently welcomed El Reno Chamber of Commerce officials for a ribbon cutting at the $273,000 structure, built by Robinson Bros. Construction.
The open-air garage sits behind the District 3 shop, 1205 N Calumet Road. The garage’s bays are 25 feet wide and 35 feet deep, with a wash bay on the north end to clean the heavy machinery.
Commissioner Rider wants to construct a new shop with an attached grade in the District 3 yard. The current shop was constructed in 1956.
District 3 crews are getting a $47,000 belly dump trailer to house in their new garage.
Commissioners awarded the bid to Bruckner Truck Sales in Oklahoma City.
Another company in Florida submitted a $46,895 proposal, but Rider recommended Bruckner because it will be less time and overall expense to receive the equipment from a local vendor.
Meanwhile, Canadian County Commissioners on Aug. 28 awarded a $25,156 quote to Acme Construction to install a concrete pad at the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center, 7905 E Highway 66.
The new concrete surface behind the building will provide a therapeutic outdoor area with tables for the center’s group home, CCCJC Director Melanie Johnson told commissioners.
Two other construction companies offered price quotes for the project – $28,500 and $46,800.