PINEDALE – Commissioners will make a decision on what recommendations to make for three wilderness study areas at their Nov. 20 meeting.
Commissioner Mack Rawhouser said he wanted the commission to make a recommendation to both the Wyoming County Commissioners Association and also to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney about Lake Mountain and Scab and Shoal Creeks' WSAs.
Commissioners discussed making a recommendation based on the three sets of proposals from the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Sublette advisory group, which had no consensus.
Another option would be to follow in the footsteps of Teton County and make no recommendation because the local committee did not reach a consensus.
Commissioner Joel Bousman said they don’t have to do either and can make recommendations independent of the Sublette WPLI.
Nelson said they had promised it would be on the agenda. However, he said he preferred it not be on the Friday, Nov. 9 agenda, which was moved from its regular date because of the election.
In other actions:
• Billy Pape was formally appointed as the superintendent of Sublette County Road and Bridge. Longtime supervisor Butch Penton retired earlier this month.
• Commissioners went into a closed executive session for the purpose of real estate and no action was taken following the session.
• Commissioners were alerted to a shallow well near the airport that failed during a recent fire, resulting in fire trucks needing to fill at the county shop. The county shop was also used in the past for a fire in the Barger subdivision.
• Commissioners are refusing to get involved between neighbors on Greybull Lane in Boulder until the dispute, involving runoff water in a barrow ditch, is resolved by court action.
• A bid from Tri State, from Casper, for $66,462.47 was selected for a new 95-yard open top construction trailer. The bid was nearly $20,000 lower than the next lowest bid.
• Sublette County Sheriff KC Lehr reported the helicopter contracted to be available for Sublette County served 15 missions between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15. In the past, the helicopter has been contracted through the summer months until the end of September to be available for emergency services. Lehr said, the extra services provided to and paid for by other agencies helped pay for the stand-by time and the additional days of use.
• Commissioners approved replacing a full-time secretary position for the Sublette County Sheriff’s Department in the Marbleton office with a part-time position after the current person in the position retires in December.
• Sublette County Unified Fire Chief Shad Cooper reported the timeline for completing radio towers and a new communications system will be more realistically adjusted from October to sometime next spring. A 60-foot tower on White Pine was approved to be replaced with a 150-foot tower.
• A vacancy on the Sublette County Weed and Pest Board, which occurred following the resignation of Jake Greenwood, was filled by Jennifer Rees. n