County Receives Fire Mitigation Funds

Sheridan County has received more than $71,000 from the state to help property owners finance fire mitigation projects.

The grants, from the Wyoming State Forestry, were announced at Tuesday's county commissioners meeting. County Administrative Director Mike Mackey said $21,000 is to be spent on projects in and around Story, and $50,500 can be spent on projects county-wide.

Funds are provided through a cost-share program that reimburses the property owner for 50 percent of cost, up to a total project cost of $4,200. The county will pay a maximum of $2,100.

Also during the session, commissioners approved a resolution giving notice of the county's intent to amend a portion of the county zoning regulations. The amendment would change the definition of “agriculture” to allow on-farm retail sales and agricultural processing on agricultural lands.

The resolution passed on Monday calls for public hearings on the proposed changes. The county planning and zoning board would have a hearing on Aug. 7, and the county commissioners would have a second hearing on Sept. 2.

Commissioners awarded the bid for expansion of the county's snow removal equipment building to KWN Construction of Sheridan for the low bid of just over $644,000. A bid was also submitted by Wright Brothers, for just under $758,000. The building is at the Sheridan County Airport.

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