Commissioners Consider Flood Plan Update, Grant Liquor License Transfer to New Business, Hear Horse Racing Proposal

(Photo by Ron Richter)
(Photo by Ron Richter)

The Sheridan County Commission approved consideration of a new floodplain management plan, granted a transfer of a liquor license for a new business and heard a proposal for pari-mutual wagering on horse racing during Tuesday’s regular meeting at the courthouse.
Public works Director Rod Liesinger detailed the flood management plan. He said the new plan provides clarity to an outdated one and the public would have input during a hearing planned for October, with final adoption in November.
He said getting on board with the national insurance program would be a benefit because the county could then qualify for federal disaster assistance, grants and loans.
The liquor license transfer was from Y Business, LLC to Big Horn Y, LLC for a new gas station and convenience store on Coffeen Avenue in Sheridan. Owners Jerod and Bonnie Wallace said they’re excited about the venture.
It was Eugene Joyce of the Wyoming Horse Racing company who talked about bringing pari-mutual wagering to Sheridan. He said his company hopes to return live racing to county fairgrounds that were once the backbone of horse racing in Wyoming. They’re already hosting live racing at Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs and have an agreement in place to return live racing to the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds in Casper by next spring.
He said any plans for Sheridan are about three years out. A local horse breeder who was in the audience stepped forward to endorse the plan. Whitey Kaul said he thought horse racing would be a boost to breeder’s across the state.
Joyce said he was approaching the commission at this time just to let them know his intentions and said there’s much to discuss. So, he’d keep in touch. No action was taken on the plan.

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