Four of five Sheridan County commissioners attended the first regular meeting of September – Commissioner Mike Nickel was absent.
The meeting began with acknowledgment of Amy Harnish for her five years of service at the Sheridan County Detention Center. To celebrate, she will receive Chamber Bucks. Chairman Steve Maier also announced that the Commission will be accepting applications for openings on the Sheridan County Fair Board and to the Sheridan Historic Preservation Board. Also, there will not be a second meeting on September 21st, as the majority of the Commission will be attending a conference out of town.
In other business, the Commission considered and approved the McCormick Creek Minor Subdivision Corrective Plat to correct language concerning dedication of an easement in the flood plain.
They voted to postpone consideration of the Prairie Hills Rezone from Urban Residential to Industrial. While the Sheridan County Planning Commission had voted 5-0 at their August 4th, 2010 meeting to approve the re-zone of 96.47 of the 227 acre parcel, the County Planning staff recommended denial.
Their reasoning: an inconsistency between the application and the Comprehensive Plan Joint Planning Area Land Use Map; a questionable ability to serve the subject property with urban-type services and utilities commonly associated with intensive industrial use; and encouraging the establishment of industrial areas adjacent to residential areas.
Jane Clark, whose family owns the property, noted that the property would be near an already light industrial location off of East Ridge Road, and that they have already received endorsement from Forward Sheridan. Ultimately, the Commission granted a postponement until January 18th, 2011, to give all parties an opportunity to hammer out a solution.
They considered and approved a Subdivision Improvements Agreement with Wagonspoke, LLC for approval of Saddle View Meadows Subdivision;
they considered and approved a request from Larry and Victoria Douglas to subdivide property accessed off of Brundage Lane into two lots;
they approved a contract with the Wyoming Department of Health for maternal and family health services by Sheridan County Public Health in the amount of $50,736;
they awarded the bid of the Sheridan County Fairgrounds North Entrance Project in the amount of $99,991 to Fletcher Construction;
they acknowledged a petition to vacate the alley in Block 78 between Ash and Hickory Streets of Downer Addition; they approved funding $21,000 for six improvement projects to be done at the Story Centennial Park;
they approved the One-Cent Optional Sales Tax allocation recommendation – Commissioner Tom Ringley noted that approval was based upon specific designations and recipients will be held to their specific needs spending.
Commissioners appointed Jim Loughrey to the Historic Preservation Commission, with a term ending June 30, 2013. They also appointed Billie Little to the same Commission, with a term ending September 30, 2013. And they officially made a proclamation that October is Community Planning Month.
Commissioners also adopted the Notices of Intent at their board meeting on September 7, 2010 to start the public comment period culminating in a hearing on the amendments to the County Conservation Design Project on November 2, 2010. The proposed amendments are available below. Hard copies are also available in the County Commissioner's office and the Public Works office.