Johnson County Moving Forward On Lake DeSmet Issues

Johnson County Moving Forward On Lake DeSmet Issues

At their last meeting the Johnson County Commissioners discussed various issues concerning Lake DeSmet, the closing down of the Lake DeSmet Counties Coalition and the lease with Wyoming Game and Fish.

Dooley and Jelly CPAs reported that they have begun working on the books from the LDCC, have received bank statements and will be reconciling those in the next few weeks to give the county a better idea of where they sit financially from the LDCC.

Commissioner-elect Jim Hicks spoke to the Commission about issues at the Lake that Edith LaMeres-Johnson spoke to him about that she feels need addressed.

The Leiter Ditch Improvement Project petition has been filed with the state under the LDCC and should be re-filed by Johnson County on behalf of the Clear Creek Irrigation District, Hicks said. She also spoke about a diversion point for the irrigation district and a sediment survey on the south end dam that will need to be completed. None of the projects, Hicks felt, were pressing, but will need to be addressed once the ownership of the lake is transferred solely to johnson County.

Finally, Paul Mavrakis with the Wyoming Game and Fish, spoke briefly about their proposed lease of water at Lake DeSmet.

The next Game and Fish meeting will be January 24th and 25th in Cheyenne where they are expected to make a final decision on the lease at Lake DeSmet.

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