Commission Approves Flood Map

Steve Maier is the commission chairman. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Steve Maier is the commission chairman. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

After months of public discussions, the Sheridan County Commission approved a flood plan Tuesday during a regular monthly meeting.

News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the report.


The Sheridan County Commission approved a county flood plan Tuesday, after several months of discussions, some heated.

Objections to the plan, which was expected to be passed during Tuesday's meeting, continued up to the last minutes before the vote, which was unanimous. Among those pleading with the commissioners to vote down the plan were county residents John Fafoutakis and Mike Cangiamilla.

Fafoutakis said the plan over regulates and over taxes property owners and is an infringement of Fifth Amendment rights, regarding private property.

And after calling their actions unconstitutional and comparing their control to Communism, he enunciated his message with a quote from a Bible passage.

Cangiamilla called the legislation a violation of property rights and took exception to the commission's stand that they needed to bring the county's plan in sync with the city's regulations.

He then scolded the commission.

In the end, it was clear the commissioners had made-up their minds before the meeting, to pass the plan. The meeting, which did include several other agenda items, was over in 45 minutes. County Commissioner Terry Cram called the final approved plan, a good compromise and resolution. The document is posted on the county's website. Here's the link: sheridanmedia.com.http://www.sheridancounty.com/info/assets/BOCC/Flood_Plain_Mgmt.pdf

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