Air service for the Sheridan County Airport continues to be of concern to the leaders of both Sheridan and Johnson counties, and now both county commissions are taking steps that could see Sheridan's airport receive funding from the Wyoming Legislature.
The county commissions have pledged $700,000 in local funds to be matched with funds applied for through the Wyoming Air Service Enhancement Account, or ASEP, by the local Critical Air Service Team, that's referred to as C.A.S.T. These pledged funds are to show local commitment to reliable air service in Sheridan. The C.A.S.T. has applied for $1.5 million in ASEP funds to assist in providing essential air service in Sheridan.
The Sheridan County Commission passed a resolution Monday morning committing $539,000 or 77%, and Johnson County's Commissioners are expected to commit $161,000 or 23%, at a special meeting this morning in Buffalo. That's scheduled for 9 o'clock at the Johnson County Courthouse on Main Street.
According to the resolution, the local match, is contingent on participation of both Sheridan and Johnson counties, both of the towns of Buffalo and Sheridan, along with business and private donations. ASEP funding will also be sought through a grant from the aeronautics division of the Wyoming Department of Transportation.