PINEDALE – Right up until the final agenda topic, the Sublette County Board of Commissioners were lively and full of zeal throughout its Tuesday meeting inside the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room.
Out of the first two-and-a-half hours of the meeting, items brought forth by Fire Warden Shad Cooper brought the most discussion. Cooper told the board Sublette County Unified Fire received grant funding for the wildfire protection plan. That grant gives the county $80,000 to update its Community Wildfire Protection Plan, with the county on the hook for a 20-percent match up to $20,000. Cooper said the county’s CWPP needs updating and suggested using that funding to hire a third-party consultant to weigh topography and talk with experts to best lay a path forward.
Commissioner Joel Bousman said the CWPP was one of the top priorities of the wildfire pact and it was his opinion the total cost – the grant money and the county’s match – of $100,000 would cover this. He said a comprehensive plan like that could limit damages in the event of another wildlife similar to the Roosevelt Fire.
Commissioner Doug Vickrey had an issue with that amount of money because, in his history as a commissioner, costs have risen more than they’ve dropped. When commissioner Tom Noble made a motion to seek a request for proposal, Vickrey said the CWPP idea had merit but he hoped to see the county cap its allotted amount at $20,000.
The board passed a motion to draft an RFP for the project. That motion did not commit the county to spending any certain amount.
Cooper also told the commissioners he’s drafted a strategic plan that involves his ideas of what would help SCUF be successful. He told the board he wanted its input, as well as other entities across the county. Commissioners told Cooper they had some feedback and would look forward to revisiting the plan following public feedback.
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