Taking count

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters justifies more funding

Measuring and paying for success can be

tricky when successful matches for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters

take months.

During last year’s budget, the Sublette County Commissioners

initially cut all funding for the program, questioning

the low numbers of children served. A last-minute appeal by

newly-hired director Lori Joyner caused commissioners to relent

and agree to pay $3,000 per match, for up to 10 matches.

At the end of the year, only two matches had been made,

providing $6,000 for the program from the county. The program

also receives funding from all three municipalities –

Pinedale, Big Piney and Marbleton – the state program for

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and United Way

of Southwest Wyoming.

Joyner again appealed to the commissioners at their July 2

meeting, asking that additional criteria be considered. All five

commissioners were in attendance including Chairman David

Burnett and commissioners Doug Vickrey, Tom Noble, Joel

Bousman and Mack Rawhouser.

She said even though she’s had only two new matches and

a third long-term match on the books, she has enrolled seven

other children who are awaiting matches. She adds she has

adult volunteers waiting, but she is trying to have quality longterm

matches, not just a match to meet the numbers.

In part, she has recruited several high-school aged students

as mentors, but is unwilling to match them with children who

have behaviorial problems, she said.

She asked that funding criteria include those children

that are served, such as providing quarterly activities for unmatched

children. She also pairs unmatched children with

other programs, such as Sublette BOCES and the Pinedale

Aquatic Center, until a permanent match can be made.

Joyner said a match is actually the very last step in the

process. Prior to matching children with an adult mentor, she

works on parenting techniques and ways to curb alcohol and

drug use among at-risk youth.

Burnett said it is late in the budgeting process with the final

budget to be approved after a July 15 hearing. Commissioners

agreed the $30,000 already in the budget could include

enrolled children.

In other actions:

• Commissioners went into a closed executive session for

an hour and 10 minutes to discuss personnel with County Attorney

Mike Crosson and Chief Deputy County Attorney Matt

Gaffney. No action was taken following the session.

• Commissioners approved providing pit run of about 4,600

yards to place on Ryegrass Road, a secondary road typically

only graded one time a year. A property owner constructing a

home about 2 miles down the road agreed to grade and apply

the material for no cost to the county.

• Commissioners approved trading magnesium chloride

with the U.S. Forest Service for Fremont Lake

Road. Typically the Forest Service applies the

material, but the county stepped in this year

due to time constraints.

• High Meadow subdivision requested old

pipes removed during the paving of Meadowlark

Lane be given to the subdivision to

be recycled on other unpaved side roads.

• A budget amendment was approved for

$744,120.59 to take into account unanticipated

revenues and expenses.

• Commissioners approved installation of

a cooler at the golf course for beer storage.

• A motion passed to enter a contract between

the Wyoming Department of Health and Sublette

County Public Health to establish the

duties of the public health officer.

• Board appointments were approved including

Museum Board, two openings and

only one applicant, Mark Eatinger; Library

Board, two openings, Carolyn Elliott and

Bobbi Wade; Planning and Zoning, two

openings, Blake Greenhalgh and Andrew

Mackenzie; Golf Committee, two openings,

Blake Coble and Richard Duginski; Pinedale

Aquatic Center Joint Powers Board, one

opening, Brian Gray; and County Sanitarian,

Alan Huston for a four-year term.


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