County Approves Dust Suppressant Contract

Sheridan County commissioners approved a contract for dust suppressant on county roads, authorized purchase of land in Dayton and approved a lease for a flight school at the county airport during their meeting this morning.

In other action at the meeting, they extended the permit for a quarry operation and approved a resolution in support of Nationally Agriculture Day on Wednesday.

The dust suppressant award went to Oxford Inc. The company was the only bidder on the project, and the bid was just over $520,000. County Engineer Ken Muller told commissioners that the bid was around $17,000 over the engineer's estimate, but he said the work is specialized, and a single bidder on this type of project isn't uncommon.

The airport lease was awarded to Big Goose Aviators LLC, a company that wants to start up and operate a flight training school at the airport. The lease is for 10 years at $293 a month, with option to extend the lease for an additional 10 years. The temporary quarry permit was for Burgess Quarry, operating just west of Springwillow Road. The existing permit will expire on May 16. The applicant submitted an application on Feb. 26 for renewal of the permit. Because of advertising and cut-off dates, the earliest the application could come before county is June 2. The temporary permit will allow the applicant to continue quarry operations while his application for renewal is going through the standard permitting process.

Commissioners also reappointed Mick Kaser to the county's Historical Preservation Commission and Audrey Brown to the planning and zoning commission.

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