The road and bridge department of Johnson County has now assumed the responsibility for rural addressing, because both county fire districts decided they no longer wanted to be involved in the program.
John Garman, representing Johnson County Fire District One, told county commissioners at Tuesday's meeting that his district, along with the Powder River Fire District in Kaycee, had decided they wanted to wash their hands of the project.
Road and Bridge Supervisor Scott Pehringer(PEAR-in-jrr) had mentioned previously that his department might be willing to take on and finish the project. He restated that at Tuesday's meeting, saying he would need a good six months to finish the plan. He went on to say he'd have one of his crew members perform the addressing work as his other duties allow.
More than two-thirds of the northern half of the county have already been completed, according to previous reports, but none of the southern half has been touched, as yet.
The money for the project, which will install address signs and posts along all county roads, was acquired through a federal grant program. The money has been earmarked and is set in an account that will pay the Road and Bridge employee's wages, fuel, and other necessary expenses, related to the installation of the addressing signs in rural Johnson County.