Commissioners Approve Agreement for Courthouse Work

People pack the commission chamber at the start of Tuesday's meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County commissioners are hopeful that bids can go out around the first of the year for a replacement for the air conditioning system in the old county courthouse.

They approved an agreement at their meeting Tuesday with Associated Construction Engineering Inc. of Sheridan to design construction documents and provide administration services for the project, at a cost not to exceed $11,830.

Administrative Director Renee Obermueller explained the scope of the project.

In other action, commissioners authorized the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board to access Sheridan County right of way on several county roads and waived utility licensing fees, clearing the way for construction of a pipeline that will carry natural gas from Sheridan to the Tongue River Valley.

Commissioners also accepted an emergency management grant in the amount of $22,500 from the Wyoming office of Homeland Security for fiscal 2017, and approved a resolution canceling property taxes on two lots that are part of the old Highland Park Elementary School property.

As part of that action, commissioners also formally issued a quit claim deed to Sheridan County School District 2, current owners of the property, so that the school district can sell the property.

Commissioners also approved a resolution appointing Teton County Attorney Steve Weichman to serve as special deputy county and prosecuting attorney in prosecuting a case in Sheridan County. Obermueller said the procedure is customary when a case comes forward that represents a conflict of interest for local authorities.

Commissioners recognized two county employees for tenure. Sandra Coats-Wood has served 10 years in the county assessor's office, and Kim Hein 20 years in the county clerk's office. Each received Chamber bucks and a certificate of appreciation from the commissioners.

In other action, commissioners approved a request by a property owner to be included in the Sheridan Area Rural Fire District. No election is required, nor is appointment of additional members to the fire district's board of directors.

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Sandra Coats-Wood returns to her seat after receiving a certificate for her years of service to the county. (Photo by Pat Blair)