In the fall of 2006, the Sheridan County Commissioners adopted a resolution to participate in the Chapter 21 Mineral Impact Account Grants-Countywide Consensus List Awards for projects within the County.
At that time, affordable housing was a need that had to be addressed, and it was agreed upon that the $2 million in CBM impact funds be used toward four different affordable housing projects in Sheridan County by providing infrastructure for the developers of those projects.
In 2007, the Commissioners adopted the Affordable Housing Rules. A little over a year later they adopted a resolution that created a bank account for the purpose of the Sheridan County Affordable Housing program.
The account is administered by the Sheridan County Treasurer. $278,000 now sits in that account, and is available for future projects. Sheridan County Administrative Director Renee' Obermueller explains how the funds were diverted back to the account.
There was a workshop Monday where four local groups made presentations before representatives with the County, City and other municipalities within Sheridan County, as to why the monies would be best used by their organization.
Obermueller says that the workshop was the first step in the process, as no decisions were made after the presentations.
The four groups that presented their case for the funds were Green House Living for Sheridan, Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern BigHorns, the Sheridan Housing Action Committee, and Jane Clark, representing the Woodland Park Subdivision.