Commission Oks Funding for Airport Wildlife Fence, Annexes More Private Properties Into County Fire Districts

The Sheridan County Commission approved both a federal and state grant to help fund replacement of a wildlife fence on the county airport grounds in Sheridan, during this morning’s meeting, and continue to annex private parcels of land into county fire districts.

Airport Manager John Stopka said the time to replace the near 30 year-old fence is now, because the FAA has come up with extra funding deeming it unsafe. He said the fencing, which was installed in 1988 has wooden posts that have rotted over the years and the electrical components have now become too expensive to replace.

With the FAA covering nearly 94-percent of the cost of the near one million dollar project and the State Aeronautics Division picking up 3.75-percent, the county’s cost will be just under $23,000. He said the project will consist of re-aligning certain sections of the existing fence and replacing it with 8-foot high woven wire. There will also be a couple of sections, he said, that will be replaced with chain-link fencing.

As for the county fire district annexations, parcels were annexed into three districts, today – Big Horn, Clearmont and Sheridan Area Rural. We’ll have more details on that project in upcoming news.