This week we will be looking back at the top stories of 2013 that happened in Johnson County.
Today we will look at the stories from April through June of 2013.
The Johnson County Healthcare Center's Amie Holt Care Center was named best in the state by Medicare.gov.
Director Brenda Goarm explained that the report is a comparison of all 39 nursing homes and transitional care facilities in Wyoming, saying “if anyone anywhere in the world were to get online right now and say 'who's the best nursing home in Wyoming?'...that's right...Amie Holt Care Center.”
Richard Wilkerson, 30, was found guilty on April 20th of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 45-year old Bryan Newman during a bar altercation in late 2012.
Wilkerson faced 20 years to life in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, or both when he was sentenced later in the year.
The Johnson County Commissioners approved a request from County Attorney Ken DeCock to hire an additional part-time attorney for his office.
DeCock said although his office has been busy with numerous criminal trials, he believes he and Deputy Attorney Ryan Wright can handle that workload. Civil proceedings have suffered due to the high number of criminal cases.
The commissioners, on a 2-1 vote, approved the part-time attorney on a trial basis to be reviewed at a later date. Commissioner Gibbs voted against the motion.
Johnson County Road and Bridge Supervsior Scott Pehringer brought an Acceptance Certification to the commissioners for their signatures to close the Trabing Road paving project.
Pehringer said the $6.3 million project cost roughly $736,000 per mile to complete.
The project came in roughly $500,000 under budget. This money, if unused, will revert back to the county, earmarked as funds for future road projects.
Buffalo's wastewater treatment plant had a liner at one of the sewage lagoons repaired this year.
The city had been at odds with the contractor that built the facility, claiming the contractor was responsible for the repair to the liner, and the contractor claiming it was a manufacturer's defect. The arguments had continued for more than two years.
City Attorney Ben Kirven negotiated a $19,500 settlement between the city and Hydro Construction to close the dispute over damage at the city's treatment plant.
Repairs were scheduled during the summer.
A public meeting was held June 30th for county residents in the area of the airport and elsewhere in a proposed “service area” to learn how they can gain city water for their residences in the county.
If county residents decide they want city water, they were told to organize, form a SID board and begin the process of searching for funding to build distribution and service lines within the area that can be serviced.
The next step in the process is for the homeowners to discuss interest in the project, and to determine if it is feasible to pursue.