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By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

Public comment sought on natural resource plan


January 23, 2020

WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners will be taking public comment regarding the Washakie County Natural Resource Plan (WCNRP) on Monday, Jan. 27 and Jan. 28.

The meeting on Monday will be at the Worland Community Center in the conference room, and the meeting on Tuesday will be in Ten Sleep at the Ten Sleep Senior Center. Both meetings are from 6-8 p.m.

This public comment period will help the commissioners gather information on the resources and industries in the area to take into a meeting with agencies to plan how they are “going to be doing business over the next 20 years,” commissioner Aaron Anderson said.

These comments will help develop a plan that will show the impact if something changes within the environment or with industries, and how those changes could affect the community. The last update to the plan was in 2005, and the time before that was in 1978. This is just an initial step in a longer process, but will help the commissioners have a good head start in the process.


During their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the commissioners heard various reports from county officials.

Public Health Nurse Manager Amanda Heinemeyer reported that they had a contract with Banner Health that was signed after she had previously shown it to the commissioners. She told the commissioners of a new disease based out of China, wuhan coronavirus.

She also reported that she may need more funds to purchase more flu vaccines in the near future.

Sarah Garcia and Sarah Beckwith of Youth Alternatives came before the commissioners to inquire about a potential credit card for the department. No decision was made at this time as the commissioners want to make sure they have a policy in place regarding spending with this type of funds. Youth Alternatives hopes to have results soon from their Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) survey that was sent out last month.

Keith Bower of road and bridge reported that with the lack of snow in the area, they are attempting to update some signs around the county, and place a gate on Lane 17. The commissioners asked about the possibility of placing signs helping direct traffic toward Lanes 13 and 14 on South Flat Road in order to provide for a smoother flow on the road.

County Planner David Anderson reported that he was able to find a way to place culverts on County Road 580.

Tom Schmeltzer of building maintenance reported that they are repairing some plumbing in the jail and asked if they could trim the bottom of the pine trees in front of the courthouse. Permission was granted for the tree trimming.

The commissioners went into executive session one time for personnel.


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