The Board of Sublette
County Commissioners moved forward in
the process to write grants to help Hoback
The action was part of a full agenda in
Big Piney Town Hall for its pre-Thanksgiving
meeting. All five were present – Andy
Nelson, Joel Bousman, David Burnett, Tom
Noble and Mack Rawhouser – along with
commissioner-elect Doug Vickrey.
Nelson asked commissioners to “give
Mary the go-ahead” to circulate a request
for proposal to pay a grant writer she finds
$20,000 to seek a larger grant from the Wyoming
Department of Homeland Security.
“How will you disperse the RFP,” asked
“Locally and other sources to find folks
out there,” County Clerk Mary Lankford
The motion was approved for Lankford
“to send out RFPs and explore and secure
a grant from the Office of Homeland Security.”
The board also discussed a $200,000 mineral
royalty grant request brought by Dave
Nemetz, of the Hoback Ranches Special Improvement
District. This grant doesn’t require
a match; the county is asked to certify
that the district is in good standing.
Nelson then said the board needed to approve
a notice of intent for Nemetz and the
district to apply for a different Homeland
Security hazard mitigation program grant
with the county making a 25-percent match.
“Where is the 25 percent match coming
from?” asked Rawhouser.
“We have not yet decided,” Nelson said,
suggesting the county’s past waiver of
$600,000 in dump fees might not apply.
Earlier in the meeting Road and Bridge
Supervisor Billy Pape reported on houses
destroyed by the Roosevelt Fire.
“As of Nov. 20, we’ve had 39 houses
come in at 2,600 tons,” Pape said. “It’s
slowed down; it wasn’t as bad as I thought
it would be. Mainly concrete and metal
Roosevelt Fire victims are bringing structures’
trash there with dump fees waived by
the county. Landfill employees have sorted
the trash, recycling the metal and burying
damaged concrete, Pape said.
“Mary has good figures from the tip fees
(waived) to the dump,” Nelson said. “It’s
just shy of $600,000. We’re looking at the
possibility of using it as our match for some
grants. … I was shocked at the number.”
Pape said when the fire trash was first
brought in, “We couldn’t keep up. ... A lot
of people are calling too see if next spring
we’ll take it for free. I said, ‘call me next
Lankford said she could put “in kind” to
show its interest. The board unanimously
approved the notice of intent.
Nemetz then asked about Countywide
Consensus funds discussed earlier as an option
for Hoback Ranches’ roadwork.
“I have a question about that CWC grant
of $187,000 that you guys gave the okay on
at the last meeting,” Nemetz said.
Nelson told Nemetz the county has to
hold a meeting with Pinedale, Big Piney
and Marbleton officials “where all in the
consensus are in attendance.”
Lankford said the funds, from the State
Land and Investments Board, can also be
applied for in January, February and April
if the December deadline isn’t met.
“We have to submit a list (of requests),”
she added. “All the eligible entities have to
get a shot at it. We have to meet with all
of (towns). There are other folks from the
county that may apply for it.”
Nemetz said, “I was under a different understanding
from the last meeting. Marbleton
was on board.”
“The mayor of Pinedale (Matt Murdock)
called this morning,” Nelson explained. “We
still have to go through the right channels.
The county has to spend (the $187,000) and
then be reimbursed. You’re not out of business
on this one. You missed for December
but we still have three chances to apply.”
Nemetz told commissioners that he had
“spent money believing it was coming. Do
we have to wait for this meeting?”
Nelson said Lankford would give notice
of a December public hearing to get a
70-percent consensus. Then the state still
has to approve the request.
Later, Nemetz suggested that the county’s
grant-writer-to-be could help Hoback
Ranches Special Improvement District
apply “for the other grants on this list.”
In other Sublette County Commission
• Lankford asked commissioners to approve
a $3,929 contract for services between
the county and University of Wyoming.
The facilitator, Jessica Weston of Laramie,
would work at the Dec. 7 after-action
agency meeting to wrap up the Roosevelt
• Sublette County Fairground managers
Jay and Brianne Brower were honored
as Fair Persons of the Year by the Rocky
Mountain Association of Fairs.
• Mike Henn said there will be a walkthrough
of Sublette County Conservation
District’s recently purchased building on
Dec. 6 with renovation bids for closing Dec.
13 to be approved at the county’s Dec. 20
• The Sublette County Golf Board selected
Jedidiah Duke for the food and beverage
contract at the Rendezvous Meadows
clubhouse, which is open this winter.
• Bousman asked if commissioners want
to donate $5,000 to the Wyoming Stock
Growers legal fund to support sage-grouse
and grizzly litigation. The board asked if
WSGA’s Jim Magagna could come in January
or February to explain it more.
• Commissioners discussed a potential review
of the Forest Service’s “roadless area”