Goshen County Commission Round-up: Dec. 3, 2019

TORRINGTON – The Goshen County Board of Commissioners heard a selection of departmental reports and appointed a new member to the Goshen County Library Board of Directors during its regular meeting Tuesday at the Goshen County Courthouse. 

Larry Curtis was appointed to fulfill an open position on the library board. Typically, selection requires a public interview, but Curtis was the only applicant for the position and as such, there was no interview process. 

Curtis was appointed to the board unanimously. 

The Goshen County Road and Bridge Department was originally scheduled on the meeting agenda, but Chairman John Ellis said the department, and interim Superintendent Val Hankins, likely had more pressing issues as a result of the major snowstorm that rocked the area over the weekend. 

“Val is very busy at this time, so she’s not going to be here to give a report,” Ellis said. “We definitely want to commend her and the job she has done through this blizzard. We’ve heard all sorts of good things about the job that they’ve done since the storm.”

Goshen County Clerk of District Court Brandi Correa reported that her office received $2,919.07 in fees, and that it was preparing for a jury trial in the coming weeks. 

The GCC accepted her report 3-0. 

Goshen County Clerk Cindy Kenyon presented the commission with the monthly bills and warrants, as well as several employee bonds. The commission accepted her report unanimously. 

Goshen County Fire Warden Bill Law told the commission his post has been “uneventful” as of late.

“Life has been remarkably uneventful for the last month, as far as my fire warden duties,” he said. “We lifted the fire ban last month, and we didn’t receive any pushback.”

Law reported that he is working towards making an appointment to have communications equipment installed in the fire warden truck, and that he would attend the Rural Fire Board meeting in Cody this week. 

His report was accepted unanimously. 

Goshen County Emergency Manager Shelly Kirchhefer told the commission the Goshen Irrigation District has decided on a permanent solution to repair tunnel No. 2 along the Fort Laramie canal, which collapsed in July. According to a press release issued by the GID, the permanent fix is to install more reinforcement ribs, and fill any voids outside of the tunnel with chemical grout to reinforce the outside of the tunnel. 

Kirchhefer also applauded the work down by the various entities involved during the blizzard. 

“All in all, things went very well,” she said. “You can expect people to get stuck, you can expect medical emergencies, and those were all attended to. 

“What I really want to is emphasize a job well done by the whole team.”


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