TORRINGTON – Following months of discussions with private land owners and Pine Ridge Ranch residents, the Goshen County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to proceed with vacating County Road 100. The issue has appeared on the Commission agenda several times this year, as a neighboring family sought to ensure access to C.R. 100, which crosses part of the Pine Ridge development.
“We decided to vacate the road because the concern of the county has always been liability and whether the road is maintained to our standards,” said Commission Chairman Carl Rupp after the meeting. “We felt it was best for the county to proceed with vacating the road.”
Pine Ridge is about 6 miles north of Fort Laramie on the Kaspiere Road. C. R. 100 is the main entrance to the development, but runs only about 4 miles. As a public road, it would be the responsibility of the county, and provide convenient access to the family’s seasonal ranch home about 2 miles north of Pine Ridge. The family also has access on a dirt road from the north.
The fact that public roads are to be maintained by the county has driven some of the conversation. However, the county has not routinely maintained County Road 100 for an indefinite period because it has not seen general public use for decades.
Bob Taylor of Benchmark surveying in Torrington, who has done contract work for the county since the 1980s, suggested vacating during Tuesday’s meeting, citing the cost of maintenance of the road that in reality serves no public interest because of its location. He also noted that Pine Ridge appears to do a good job of maintaining roads within the development, including County Road 100.
“Over the years the question has been what to do with the road,” Taylor said. There is no real paper history. It first appears on county records in 1927, but even that is questioned because there are no legal descriptions.
Other reports on Tuesday’s agenda included County Assessor Debbie Surratt who submitted a request for a $3,890.19 Reduction Order, which the commissioners approved. County Treasurer Maxine Mitchell’s report included a total of all cash accounts of $5 million, which includes $3.1 in general bank accounts, and $1.5 million in County Road Fund accounts.
County Clerk Cindy Kenyon reported on several trainings her staff has participated in. She also noted that Workers Comp rates have decreased in part due to the trainings. Kenyon said efforts are underway by Wyoming county clerks to obtain funding for new election equipment from the Wyoming Legislature and other sources. Goshen County equipment will work for the 2018 election, and 2020. However, funding sources need to be secured for the future.
“But rest assured that our equipment will work for 2018,” Kenyon told the
Road and Bridge Superintendent Jerry Hort reported regular upkeep on roads, and Emergency Management supervisor Shelly Kirchhefer said she is wrapping up the year’s grant submissions.