Sheridan County / City / Municipalities Meet

Sheridan County Commission Chair Tom Ringley
Sheridan County Commission Chair Tom Ringley

Officials from Sheridan County, the City of Sheridan, and the Municipalities of Dayton, Ranchester and Clearmont met at the Historic Sheridan Inn Thursday afternoon. County Commission Chair, Tom Ringley, explains the purpose of the gathering.

County Business Manager Renee Obermueller, on behalf of County Clerk Eda Schunk-Thompson, reported that Redistricting of the Wyoming State Senate and House Districts following the 2010 Census should be addressed when the Census is complete at the end of this month. It is unknown if precincts in Sheridan County will be realigned.

Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriens updated the group on the E-911 funding. He said large equipment upgrades over the past several years are nearly finished, and the 9-1-1 Committee recommends that $90,000 be put toward funding two more dispatchers. Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey said that the committee's work is the culmination of many predecessors' planning since 1994, and some of the funding over the years has come from Optional 1-Cent monies.

An estimate of $1.8 million for the Sheridan County distribution of Consensus Funds was discussed, but Commissioner Ringley stressed that no decisions would be made at last night's meeting. Mayor Kinskey asked the group to consider putting funding into the Landfill, since it is used by all in the County.

And saving the best for last, Commissioner Ringley spearheaded discussion and brought forth a decision on the Affordable Housing program and funding. Earlier this month, we reported that the City of Sheridan had voted give $250,000 to the Greenhouse Project and $28,000 to Habitat for Humanity from $278K of available CBM funds. Also requesting those funds were SHAC and the Woodland Park Subdivision.

Commissioner Ringley said that after that decision, those who weren't given the money formed a “coalition” of sorts, approached the Commission and presented a plan whereby they could divide those funds. The Commission reconsidered and came up with a win-win solution. Ringley comments.

Ringley explains where the County money for Green House will come from.

With the County Contingency fund now going to the Greenhouse Project, the $278,000 of CBM monies will be distributed as follows: $210,000 to Woodland Park; $40,000 to SHAC, and $10,000 added to the $28,000 for Habitat – truly a win-win for everyone.

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