County to move quickly on sheriff’s request

EL RENO – Canadian County officials said Monday they will move forward quickly with a request by the sheriff to construct a sally port at the county jail.

Sheriff Chris West asked the commissioners to consider adding the sally port, which is a secure garage, as a both a safety measure and for added storage at the jail.

The jail currently does not have a secure location to load and unload prisoners. West has said that is a safety issue.

Originally, a sally port was planned for the jail, but was never added due to costs. However, West said Monday that he is will to foot the bill for the project with excess cash funds.

West said Monday that he has between $800,000 and $900,000 available in his cash fund, including several hundred thousand dollars in alleged drug money that has been seized by officers during arrests.

“It (the sally port) was part of the original concept. It is needed, we just couldn’t afford it,” said District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson.

The commissioners all agreed the project is necessary, and said they would begin looking into the project immediately.

Officials said the first step is to find an engineer to design the project.

Last week, West told the Yukon Review that the project will provide protected access to transport inmates and evidence, something they do not currently have.

In addition, West said it will allow a location for storage. Currently, his office uses several large portable storage containers that are located between the territorial courthouse and the livery stable. West called them unsightly and would like to remove them.

West said Jail Administrator Ronnie Ward would be the point person for the project.

Meanwhile, the commissioners also agreed to sell six lots in the Cedar Lake Addition near Hinton to Western Sportsman Club.

The property was obtained by the county after it went delinquent on real estate taxes and did not sell at a treasurer’s auction in June 2016.

County Treasurer Carolyn Leck said the county received an offer of $2,000 for the properties. The properties also were advertised in an El Reno newspaper so other bidders would have an opportunity to make an offer on the property. None were received.

She said the property is mostly trees that were damaged by an ice storm as well as some dilapidated buildings.

In other action, the commissioners:

  • Approved an agreement with Guy Engineering for on-call engineering services;
  • Approved a division of production proceeds order from Citizen Energy II;
  • Agreed to an interlocal agreement with Union City to repair roads within the Gregory Estates subdivision;
  • Approved the lease renewal with Stillwater National Bank for a road grader;
  • Approved a road-crossing permit for Oneok Field Service for Niles Road near S. 220;
  • Approved an agreement with My Computer Bytes for technology services with the assessor’s office;
  • Approved a resolution naming a street Bobbie Lane for 9-1-1 purposes. This is a new, private road in an unplatted area that was recently deannexed by Union City, commissioners were told;
  • Approved an agreement with Logan and Pontotoc counties for use of the Canadian County Juvenile Justice Center;
  • Approved an agreement with the Zillow Group for electronic copies of daily recordings from the county clerk’s office;
  • Named a purchasing agent and assistant for the county clerk’s office;
  • Named requisition and receiving officers for the district attorney’s office;
  • Approved a grant application from the Office of Emergency Management to Walmart. Last year, the office received three grants totaling $2,000 from the company;
  • Approved floodplain permits for Marathon Oil and 89 Energy;
  • Discussed storage issues within the county courthouse after the treasurer sought additional space;
  • Opened bids for a new vehicle that would be used by the fair board. Three bids were received. John Vance bid $19,624 with trade for a 2018 Chevy Silverado. The bid without trade is $34,124; John Vance bid $17,790 with trade for a Ford F-150. Without a trade, the bid is $32,290. Rick Jones Buick, GMC bid $29,699 for a GMC 1500. The bid without trade is $45,699. Officials tabled the bids so they could be reviewed. Officials said the truck would replace a 2010 Ford F150 that has about 40,000 miles.

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