Since Johnson County signed the lease of water agreement with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Lake Desmet Counties Coalition has been disbanded, the county has sole control over Lake DeSmet.
One of the first tasks before the county commissioners was to establish a group of knowledgeable individuals to help run the lake and reservoir.
The Lake DeSmet Advisory Board had their first meeting last Friday, according to a report given at the county commissioners meeting Tuesday by Commissioner Jim Hicks.
At their first meeting, the board held elections for their officers.
The Chairman is Mike Whitaker, Vice-Chairman is Bob Ralston and the Secretary/Treasurer is Jim Fennema.
The board compiled a list of things they want to accomplish soon, such as establishing by-laws and a mission statement, and come up with a strategic plan and assign tasks to the various board members.
The board members feel the most important task to tackle is shoreline management at the lake and will be focusing on those issues as soon as they can, according to Hicks.
Also discussed were possible reimbursements for board members for driving expenses and the possibility of setting up a budget for the board to pay for secretarial, rent, and other expenses.
Finally they will need to find a home, and the board will be looking into areas that may be able to accommodate them and their public records.