Johnson County Adopts Resolutions For Lake DeSmet

Johnson County Adopts Resolutions For Lake DeSmet

Johnson County's Commissioners are adopting a proactive stand concerning the proposed lease agreement for water rights in Lake DeSmet by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, adopting two Resolutions at their meeting Tuesday.

Both Resolutions were drafted by members of the Johnson and Sheridan County Commissions, Jim Hicks, with input from the Game and Fish and others with interests in the lake.
They outline and establish an operating department for the lake and establish and advisory board should the Game and Fish approve the proposed lease of water rights at their meeting January 24th.
The Resolutions do not take effect unless the lease is approved.

Resolution No. 467 will estalish an operating department, which will be responsible for the everyday operations and maintenance of the reservoir, dam, and lake and marketing of the resources.

Resolution No. 468 outlines how an advisory board will be established and from what interests board members will be sought, their duties, obligations and restrictions.

The Sheridan and Johnson County Commissions, Game and Fish and representatives of interests associated with the lake have all looked the Resolutions over and are pleased with the current draft, although they all believe they are works in progress and subject to amendment in the future.

The Johnson County Commissioners voted to adopt the Resolutions which will be presented to the Game and Fish at their meeting January 24th in Cheyenne. They are expected to decide on the proposed lease at that time.

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