SAWS to Look at City Administration

Sheridan County's Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board is considering a proposal to turn administration of the county's rural water system over to the city of Sheridan.

The proposal was made by Sheridan County Commissioner and SAWS board member Steve Maier at the board's meeting Wednesday night.

The proposal differs from last year's discussion on consolidating the water system under the city because the joint powers board would remain intact. The only difference would be that the city would take over administration of the water system, but it would be subject to the SAWS board's authority. The proposal has been referred to city and SAWS staff, and SAWS attorney Tony Wendtland, for further study.

In other action at the SAWS meeting, Tom Ringley moved to postpone consideration of a change order to a contract with Windcreek Services Inc. until SAWS can learn more about the status of the business. SAWS Project Manager Dan Coughlin said he thought the company might be going out of business. Coughlin also presented board members with a draft amendment that would allow the SAWS board to change its meetings from monthly to quarterly. The proposal is for discussion at this time but could be adopted at the board's meeting in September.

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