“The State of the County”
Sheridan County continues to focus on quality service to its citizens, even as the Board of County Commissioners has had to cut the operating budget for the fifth year in a row. With limited resources, the hard work of the elected officials and staff has resulted in a highly efficient and effective county government, recognized nationally this past year. The passage of the capital facilities sales tax by the voters was a critical ingredient in allowing the gains made in improved roads, bridges and related infrastructure to be maintained in years to come. To provide transparency, the county will maintain a web page updating progress on the capital facilities described prior to the election.
With grant and other funding, the County has been able to complete the historic courthouse renovation and upgrades, including a storage building for election and other county equipment. Courthouse security has also been enhanced, with a focus on Circuit and District Court areas. The addition of an additional District Court Judge required the building of a new office and courtroom. Likewise, renovations have been made at the Sheriff’s Office and County Detention Center.
The County Hospital has seen major improvements, provided primarily through the generosity of individuals and foundations. The County Library System, with facilities in Story, Clearmont, Ranchester and Sheridan, continues to make physical upgrades with help of the communities and its foundation. The Fairgrounds, following its master plan, continues to add improvements in its basic infrastructure. The Sheridan County Airport, with the largest general aviation fleet in Wyoming, is adding hangar space for both business and general aviation without using tax dollars. The Airport Business Park continues to grow to meet the needs of new and expanding business.
The County is particularly proud of its partnerships. In Story, the County provided private road signs that were installed by the Lions Club, as well as continuing to find grant funds to improve the Story Park. A similar sign project is planned in Big Horn, working with the Volunteer Fire Department. In Arvada, the County worked with School District #3 to save the old school for community use. In Sheridan, the Sheridan Community Land Trust worked with the County to establish the Soldier Ridge Trail and, in Dayton, along with the property owners, the first conservation design subdivision, following the County Comprehensive Plan. The County was also pleased to work with the hospital and the Sheridan Health Center (Free Clinic) to create a new, more effective, facility within the County Public Health building.
As we see the local economy begin to rebound, we are pleased that we’ve been able to deliver on our promises, partner with community groups, and provide quality service to Sheridan County citizens.
We invite you to contact any one of the County Commissioners with your issues and concerns. Just call our offices at 674-2900.
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