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By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

Changes to vacation time approved for county employees


December 26, 2019

WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners held a conference call with Dessa Dale from the Environment Resources Group (ERG) during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to help determine basic guidelines that should be included in a Natural Resource Plan to be developed in the coming months.

The commissioners discussed with her the importance of focusing on certain weeds in the county that have started spreading rapidly here or in surrounding counties in recent years. These weeds included medusahead and cheatgrass. Cheatgrass has expanded rapidly in Washakie County recently, and medusahead has been a concern in Sheridan and other surrounding counties and is yet to reach here yet but the commissioners would still like to plan ahead for it. They also would like to include the factor of the sediment in the Big Horn River that caused flooding two years ago in the plan.

Also at their regularly scheduled meeting, the commissioners, along with elected officials, passed a change to allow employees over 15 years of experience to gain an additional week of vacation time as discussed at their Nov. 5 meeting. Part-time employees were also granted a six-hour sick leave period. Employees are only able to garner up to 522 hours of donated sick leave as well. These changes will be effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

The commissioners also discussed with members involved with the library planning that even with the recent donation from Mike Healy they do still have a budget that they must follow. They will not be able to get everything that is on the wish list for the new Washakie County Library, which will be a renovation of the Kennedy’s Ace Hardware building at 801 Big Horn Ave.

The commissioners heard from Jason Lund for the annual audit update and received a clean audit for the previous fiscal year.

The commissioners held a webinar to figure out how to use the new website, wellright, that they will begin using for employees in the next year.

The commissioners also heard from Jackie Robertson and Mary Johnson from Cloud Peak Counseling and the Lighthouse to learn facts and figures regarding mental health that the commissioners can use in discussion with legislative members on Jan. 9 in Cody.

The commissioners went in to executive session one time with County Attorney John Worrall.


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