Welcome to the official website for Comanche County Government. Here you will find information on many programs and services, as well as subjects of interest to residents and visitors. We are here to offer assistance in making Comanche County a great place to live, work and play.
Office of County Commissioners & Public Information
In the interest of public safety, the Comanche County Courthouse will be improving security procedures for the building. This process began last year at the direction of Commissioner Johnny Owens and elected county officials. It started with the installation of better cameras and monitoring software, in addition to a new alarm system for evacuations, sheltering in place, and other emergencies.
To further our goal in keeping the courthouse a safe place for both employees and the public, we are prohibiting certain items from entering the building. These items include: guns, knives (of any size), tazers, pepper spray, and any other form of weapon. We understand that many times people carry these items for their own personal defense, however, we cannot allow them to be brought into the facility. We will have deputies patrolling the halls and offices during business hours for your protection.
To assist with our public safety initiatives, we are modifying public entrance to the courthouse. Currently, there are 4 public entrances, all located on the second floor. Starting in March, the public will not be able to enter the north, south, and east doors. Public entrance will be through the west door only. This decision is to facilitate a metal detector that Sheriff’s deputies will use to ensure prohibited items are not brought into the building. They may use a metal detector wand or physical pat down, only if necessary. Bags, purses, backpacks, briefcases, and similar items will be sent through an x-ray machine and be subject to search. If a prohibited item is found on your person or in your bags, the deputy will request you take the item out to your car. With your permission, they may keep the item at their station until you are ready to leave the courthouse.
Comanche County has spent a considerable amount of time researching how other courthouses handle security. Many of these new procedures are modeled after courthouses such as the Federal Building here in Lawton, the State Capitol, and other courthouses. These facilities all have one thing in mind: the safety and well-being of their employees and visiting constituents.
District 3: Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
The late summer has kept us busy mowing. At the same time, we prepared for winter by stock piling over 500 tons of sand.
With the cooler temperatures, we have ended our road resurfacing for the year. The late rainy season delayed our getting started. We did oil and chip on a mile of New Hope, a mile of Coombs, a mile of Paint Rd. by the Cache Cemetery, and 2.5 miles in Pecan Valley South.
The guys did a major repair project on Meers-Porter Hill Road just east of Meers. The road had deteriorated to a point where large portions had to be replaced. To move the water from under the roadway a French drain was placed down before the new asphalt was laid.
At the request of the City of Cache, we patched and then did an oil and chip overlay on Oak and Mountain View Streets, and oiled and chipped 4th Street from Elm to Oak Streets. We also patched streets in Indiahoma at their request.
We tried a new technique call Scrub Seal on Indiahoma Road from U.S. 62 north to the refuge gate. The oil used in this process is infused with latex and a set of brooms are pulled behind the oil distributor truck. The purpose of the brooms is to push the oil into and fill the cracks. Then a layer of 3/8” chips are laid down and rolled. This will extend the life of this asphalt road.
We had a bridge on Logue Chapel Road near the Faxon Cemetery that had caused us some concern because it had been settling. The bridge was built in early Statehood and had narrow concrete guardrails that would not allow the passage of larger, modern day farm equipment. We hired CEC Engineering to do a hydrology study to determine what could be used to replace it. They recommended a 10’ tinhorn.
Old railroad tank cars with the ends cut out and the wheels removed are available, and sometimes used, where a large tinhorn is needed. The guys took out the old bridge and installed the 10’ tank car. In addition to being faster to install, the cost was considerably less. The tank car cost $10,000. Whereas, a replacement bridge would have cost over $60,000 to build, and the road would have been closed for a longer period.
We are making progress on replacing the bridge on Airport Road. The additional right of way on the east side has been acquired, and we were fortunate that all the utilities are on the east side and have been relocated to accommodate the new bridge. We are tentatively scheduled for an April letting of the construction contract, provided that the right of way on the west side can be acquired.
We had a Plan-in-Hand meeting with the engineers and ODOT for the bridge that will replace the low water crossing at Post Oak Creek on Bishop Road. The construction of the bridge is scheduled for 2018.
At the request of the Emergency Manager, we improved the road going to the County’s repeater tower located on Big Rock Mountain near Medicine Park. The crew also cut down the tall grass that surrounded it to prevent damage in case of a fire.
We continue to help the City, towns and schools in the Western District. We moved some cement blocks for Cache’s Fall Fest, dug the holes in the Cache City park for the new playground equipment, cut down the shoulders on 8th St. between H Ave. and Oak Ave. to allow the water to drain off of the roadway, removed a side walk for the Chatty School, built a road to the Cache School’s Ag barn, hauled a load of sand for a Cache School playground, and hauled several loads of gravel to the Medicine Park Aquarium.
I met with Brad Burgess, ODOT Transportation Commissioner, Mitch Surrett and Jay Earp of ODOT and Jennifer Ellis, Medicine Park Trustee, concerning the one lane bridge in Medicine Park. The County agreed to do the repairs that are needed for it to remain safe and useable. The ODOT representatives will work with Ellis to secure a grant to refurbish the bridge.
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