CAST Seeks More Funds From City

CAST President Shawn Parker, far right, at Monday's council meeting. To his left is Airport Manager John Stopka, and at left is Edre Maier, wife of County Commissioner Steve Maier, whose plaid shirt is just visible. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Shawn Parker, president of the Sheridan/Johnson county Critical Air Service Team, better known as CAST, asked Sheridan's city council for an additional $100,000 for the current fiscal year plus $250,000 in the coming fiscal year as the city's share of the minimum revenue guarantee for Denver Air Connections.

Parker made the request during Monday's city council meeting. He said the city has already paid $150,000 for the revenue guarantee this year, but the additional funds are needed to make up a shortfall in private sector contributions that CAST anticipated receiving but that didn't materialize.

In an interview with Sheridan Media after Monday's meeting, Parker explained why he's asking for $250,000 next year.

During his presentation to the council, Parker said CAST and Denver Air Connections has faced, and are facing, some challenges.

He said those are key elements that CAST and the airline will be working on in coming years. He said another challenge is an inability to market outside Sheridan and Johnson counties, and a fourth is that Great Lakes is still operating in Riverton, which is stunting the growth of DAC in that city. The council took no action on CAST's request, but Mayor Roger Miller said he hoped the city could find some money to help the organization.

In other action Monday night, the council approved an agreement with the YMCA Aquatics Center that commits the city to a contribution of $4 million to be paid over a four-year period. The council also approved the final Goldfinch Subdivision, which divides one lot of nearly 18,000 square feet into two smaller lots, and accepted the 2016 audit.

Utilities Manager Dan Roberts unveiled the Connect Sheridan Mobile App, which will be offered to the public on March 27.

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City Utilities Manager Dan Roberts during demonstration of new Connect Sheridan app. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A group of Girl Scouts and their leader during reading of a proclamation declaring the week of March 12 Girl Scout Week in Sheridan. (Photo by Pat Blair)