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Canadian County commissioners nix road project contract

Officials in Canadian County on Monday called off an experimental road project that had been planned with Kingfisher County.

The project was to overlay about four miles of Waterloo Road beginning in Okarche to the Kingfisher County line. While working with another county is not unusual, the process that the roadwork was going to utilize is new to the area.

The process is called “Cold in Place” recycling.

Kingfisher County is using the process to replace about eight miles of Waterloo Road through a Kansas company, Coughlin Co. 1.

The Canadian County Commissioners awarded a contract to Coughlin to handle its portion of the project in June for just over $113,000 per mile for a little more than four miles. The total was $467,000 overall.

The project was expected to be “turn key.”

However, Monday, District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader asked the other commissioners to allow him to cancel the contract.

Hader said that while much of Kingfisher County’s project was turn-key, the Canadian County portion was going to require substantial advanced work by county crews. That would make the expense of the project higher than he was prepared for.

Instead, he said the project will use traditional materials to reconstruct the road. It will be rebid in the next few weeks, in hopes of getting the project completed before winter sets in.

In other action, the commissioners approved a new reimbursement rate for outside counties to pay for use of the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.

The justice center’s accountant, Cindy Price, said outside agencies reimburse the county for expenses related to their detainees. The current rate of reimbursement, approved Monday, is 10 percent. It has ranged from 14 percent a few years ago to 7 percent last year.

The idea, she said, is to match what the county spends on the detainees.

Meanwhile, the commissioners also opened bids for a project that would resurface Manning Road in District 3.

The project was awarded to Atlas Paving, who had a bid of $65,700. It was the lowest of six bids received.

Officials said they expect the project to take 900 tons of asphalt, which will cost about $73 per ton.

Commissioners’ action

The Canadian County Commissioners also:

  • Approved a request from the Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority Board of Trustees to confirm Jim Crosby to represent the city of Yukon as a trustee. Council member Rick Cacini will serve as an alternate to complete a term that expires June 30, 2020;
  • Tabled an agreement with the Central Oklahoma Workforce Development Area Consortium, which includes Canadian, Cleveland, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties. District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart said the agreement had errors in it;
  • Approved an agreement to advertise for bids for concrete slurry. The slurry will be used as base material for road projects;
  • Approved the payment of $8,000 to Howard Betts to cover the cost of relocating a waterline as part of a Calumet Road project;
  • Approved a quote from Advanced Work Zone Services for centerline striping material. The company’s bid was 18 cents per foot, which is 8 cents below the state contract price;
  • Approved an agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for a work-release program;
  • Approved a contract with B&S Construction and Trucking for several road projects in Calumet;
  • Approved a contract with CEC Corp. to provide engineering inspections on the Jensen Road project;
  • Approved the renewal of a contract with the state Department of Mental Health for services at the Children’s Justice Center;
  • Renewed the county’s contract with AT&T for telecommunications services at the children’s center;
  • Approved an agreement to provide behavioral health services for the Banner School District;
  • Approved a temporary permit to Recoil Oilfield Services;
  • Approved a permanent installation permit for Iron Horse Midstream.

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