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By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

Commissioners continue discussions on future library plans


August 8, 2019

WORLAND — The Washakie County commissioners continue to discuss the future of the Washakie County Library in Worland.

A third concept of the first-floor plan was discussed at the commissioners regular meeting Tuesday morning.

All plans are only conceptual at this time as the county is working to secure an estimate for the cost of the remodeling project prior to making a bid for the current, soon to be former Kennedy Ace Hardware, after the recent purchase of the old Shopko building by Lee and Gerry Kennedy.

The important factors that are being debated for the building, are plumbing placements, heating and cooling of the building, and placement of sections for ease of access.

In other business at Tuesday’s regular commissioner meeting:

•Building Maintenance Supervisor Tom Schmeltzer reported that a water leak has been discovered at the current library and the line will have to be dug up to repair the leak once it is uncovered.

He also reported that the PA system was a large hit at the fair. The equipment was installed earlier this summer.

•During Road and Bridge report there was discussion regarding the Lower Nowood, and trying to identify what is causing problems with the guardrail and cracking in the pavement.

•Ambulance Director Luke Sypherd discussed the recent acquiring of funds from the Needs Assessment Grant provided by the state for the assessment of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The EMS of Washakie County will now be evaluated in order to determine the amount of funding being provided starting in October or November.

New safes will be acquired pending Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approval to provide better and safer storage of narcotics on ambulances and at the EMS station.

Sypherd also reported that he is looking for grants to purchase handheld radios for EMS services.

A possible EMS course may be offered in Ten Sleep in January with more information to come.

•With a failure of payment for two bids, the Winchester property and a property north of Worland will be placed back up for closed bids until September 16 at 5 p.m.

•The levies were set for the 2019-20 fiscal year.


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