County Commission October 19th Report

(l to r) Commissioners Cram, Ringley, Rolston, Nickel and Maier

Sheridan County Commissioners made quick work of their second regular October meeting Tuesday morning.

They began by hearing from representatives from the Wyoming Wilderness Association about their visit last week to Washington D.C. The group met with Wyoming's congressional delegation about the Rock Creek area, asking for the delegation's support in keeping it as designated wilderness. The delegation recommended to the group that they build up their stakeholders around the state, which already number about 1,000. the Wyoming Wilderness Association is seeking a Resolution of Support from the Sheridan County Commission, who asked the group to keep them informed on the endeavor.

Action items from the agenda included approving the granting of a pathway easement to the City of Sheridan for a strip of land in the Welch Subdivision. The easement contains approximately 8,090 feet.

Commissioners approved a grant award in the amount of $6,098.75 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Sheridan County Emergency Management. Spokesman Dave Coleman told the Commission they have until April 30, 2012 to spend the money, and his suggestion is to use it to purchase an emergency radio for the Sheridan County Coroner's vehicle. Coleman said he will speak to Coroner-Elect PJ Kane in the near future.

Commissioners approved the re-appointment of Dave Garber to the Lake DeSmet Counties Coalition Joint Powers Board; they approved amending the rental agreement for the County's North Main property – formerly owned by KFC – between the County and DRM, Inc. to July 31, 2011 as they continue work on the North Main Reconstruction Project; they accepted County Engineer Ken Mueller's Viewer's Report to vacate the alley in Downer Addition between 16th and 17th Street – the public has until December 2nd to submit written comment and the Commission will have a final vote at their meeting December 7th.

And the Commission approved entering into a Service Agreement with Utility Bill Solutions Group to audit the County's utility bills. The contract is for three years, with opportunities to renew. The work will be conducted at no cost to the County. Any savings found as a result of the audit will be split evening between the County and UtiliSolve.