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.
This year, the City of Lawton passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to shoot off fireworks on all city property. This includes Lake Ellsworth and Lake Lawtonka, where residents were previously allowed to display on the 4th of July. However, there is no such ordinance in Comanche County. For the 4th, if you are outside city limits, but still in Comanche County, you can display your fireworks. If you are going to shoot off fireworks in the county this year, do so safely and have precautions for sparks or fire. Even though we are no longer in a drought, a fire can still start easily if safety is not being practiced. Also, be considerate of others and the environment and clean up your firework debris. If you don't want to shoot off your own fireworks this year, there are some opportunities to watch a display. The City of Lawton will be putting on a professional fireworks display at Elmer Thomas Park, and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department will be putting on their own display at Ike Williams Park.
City of Lawton Fireworks Display (FREE)
Elmer Thomas Park
11:30am - 10:00pm
Food and Sales Vendors, Car Show, Children's Area, Live Entertainment.
Sterling Volunteer Fire Department (FREE - Donations Accepted)
Ike Williams Park
4:00pm - 11:00pm
Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Live Music, Concessions.
When flash flooding came through Comanche County in May, it affected many of our public streets. Roads closed, low water crossings filled, and debris began to pile. The county responded quickly to remove this debris, allowing people to travel safely and emergency vehicles to respond as needed. After clearing the debris, the county continued to make emergency and permanent repairs to roads and bridges.
While the county worked to repair public roads, private roads were also subject to washout and other damage. Unfortunately, sometimes it is hard for homeowners to tell whether a road is private or public. Even if a street is named, a county road must be accepted by the County and certified by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. This helps ensure that the road is built to county specifications. Don Hawthorne, District #3 Commissioner, suggests that before a buyer purchases a home or property they should determine if it is on a county or state road by contacting their commissioner.
Because a private road may not be built to county specifications, it makes it hard for the County to do work on them. For those living on a private road in need of repair, there are grants available through FEMA and low interest loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). This way, residents can help pay a private contractor to do the repairs. For help in getting a grant or loan, visit the Disaster Recovery Center at Tomlinson Middle School, Monday-Saturday.
Both the Eastern and Western barns will be closed July 2-12 for their annual summer vacation. Having the whole barn take a break at one time is the most efficient way to handle vacations, Hawthorne explained. In case of emergency, call the Commissioner’s office at the Courthouse 580-355-5802.
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