Commissioners start month with short session

Goshen County Commission

TORRINGTON – The Goshen County Commissioners made short work of their Sept. 5 meeting, concluding business by 11:30 a.m.
Jerry Hort, superintendent of the Road and Bridge Department, began the day with a report on damage being done to roads in the northern part of the county by Union Pacific Railroad trucks working on railroad repairs.
Hort explained that gravel road repairs are futile in
most cases.
“So you fix the roads, and they come back and tear them up again?” said Commission Chairman Carl Rupp.
He then asked Hort to prepare a letter to be sent to UP officials requesting a meeting during which the issue of repairs and costs could be discussed. They hope to include a railroad representative on the Sept. 19 agenda.
Commissioner Wally Wolski said this is an opportunity to go on the offensive, and have a face-to-face discussion to resolve
the problem.
The Road and Bridge session concluded with an executive session regarding personnel, with no action taken.
County Planner Gary Childs reported on progress regarding the Lewis feedlot near Lingle. Another meeting is planned in the near future. He also responded to a member of the public who asked for a clarification of hearings on an issue during regular public meetings of the planning commission.
In other business, County Clerk Cindy Kenyon presented the TANF CPI contract, which totals $58,895. This includes funding for programs such as Caring and Sharing, the student Backpacks, Eastern Wyoming College training on the job program, and St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.
County Assessor Debbie Surratt presented one $1,281 property tax reduction order for approval. And District Court Clerk Kathy Rickard briefed the commission on scheduled trials.
Shelly Kirchhefer, county emergency manager, and Fire Warden Bill Law reviewed activities and results of the Great American
Solar Eclipse.
Even though it was a long, drawn out effort to plan for the hundreds of visitors, Kirchhefer summed up the actual event, “It actually was a lot of fun,” she said. “People were polite and courteous. There were no fires or accidents, and only a
few arrests.”
Taffic conjestion proved to be the biggest problem, according to Kirchhefer, but people
were patient.
“It all worked out. We were well prepared, and we made
it through.”
Commissioner Wolski praised Kirchhefer’s efforts, saying, “Shelly was the heart and soul of it. We had a plan and it was executed
to perfection.”
Kirchhefer praised community members for their assistance in making the eclipse a positive experience, especially the countywide committee that organized activities.
The next county commissioners meeting will be Sept. 19.

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