County Commissioners OK $100k appraisal for vacant land

Will sell four-acre tract near juvenile center

Dave Anderson

By Conrad Dudderar
Associate Editor

EL RENO – Canadian County is moving forward with plans to sell vacant land near the county’s juvenile justice facility on E Highway 66.

Canadian County Commissioners, at their weekly meeting Oct. 16, approved a resolution to accept the appraisal of a four-acre tract.

“This four acres is the area immediately north of Youth & Family Services,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson said. “Youth & Family has reached out to see if there would be any interest in a sale.”

The Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children’s Justice Center would likely never occupy this land, Anderson added.

The appraised value of the public property is $100,000.

Commissioners agreed to proceed with the sale of the land.

Canadian County officials will advertise and accept bids over a period of two weeks for sale of the four-acre tract.

“You are accepting that appraisal because that’s setting market,” Assistant District Attorney Tommy Humphries advised commissioners. “Bids should be over market.

“If none of them come in over market, we’ll regroup.”

Youth & Family Services operates the Donald W. Reynolds Caring Center, 7565 E Hwy 66, which provides temporary and emergency shelter to abused and homeless youth.



Among other business at their Oct. 16th meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Plans to resurface five miles of Banner Road from Reno to State Highway 152 in District 2. Chairman Anderson, the District 2 commissioner, hopes to use six-month bid material pricing to accomplish the job.
  • Authorizing the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to pay Smith Roberts Land Services $2,328.05 for services on a bridge project in District 3.
  • A resolution allowing District 3 to accept a $1,770.80 donation from Mark Rubes.
  • Renewing an agreement with InSight Screening Services, LLC to provide drug and alcohol testing and other services.
  • Soliciting ballot printing bids for the Canadian County Election Board.
  • Resolutions to dispose of county equipment for the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office – a gun locker, paper shredder and prisoner chair.

Meanwhile, Chairman Anderson on Oct. 16 presented the weekly Canadian County Jail report provided by the sheriff’s office.

The update showed 223 inmates in custody, with 200 prisoners housed at the El Reno detention center and 23 others in contracted counties.

The total count is up 24 from last week as 52 prisoners await transfer to state Department of Corrections (DOC) custody.