Sheridan County Commissioners Thinking Energy Efficient

The Sheridan County Commissioners held their first meeting in September yesterday and Sheridan Media News Director Kurt Layher was there.

Last month Commissioners approved starting a project to replace aging heating and cooling equipment at the Sheridan County Library. Energy efficiency was the prime goal in designing the new system. Tuesday morning, the Commission heard a presentation on the Wyoming Energy Conservation Improvement Program through the State Energy Office. The agency was created to help governmental agencies and non-profits expedite energy saving capital improvement projects. It’s too late to make use of WYECIP resources on that project but they could be helpful in the future.

The Sheridan Area Rural Fire Protection District is looking to move their fire hall to the Sheridan County Airport. Commissioners approved a lease agreement with fire district for two lots in the Airport Business Park. The lease will be a 50-year lease with a starting rent of $6,000 annually. Rules governing the business park and the airport prevent the County from donating land to the fire district but $500 per month rent will remain fixed for the first five years. The fire district board has already begun geotechnical surveys of the location in preparation to build their new fire hall. Airport manager John Stopka says having the fire hall at the airport is a win-win situation. It will allow for cross training between airport firefighters and fire district personnel and provide easier access for the district than their current location off of Gillette Street.

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