Campbell County Governments Come Together Over Dinner
(Wright, Wyo.) The Wright Town Hall hosted the quarterly combined dinner meeting last night. Members from the Gillette City Council, Campbell County Commissioners and Wright Town Council gathered to discuss issues that involve all three government agencies.
Some of the items on the agenda were the upcoming Legislative Budget Session, fire department fleet depreciation program, landfill and annexation issues. City of Gillette Utilities Director Mike Cole also attended to give the group an update on regional water projects.
Throughout the night there was a lot of healthy discussion, although no concrete decisions were made.
There were several differing opinions on the funding of the fire departments fleet depreciation account. Campbell County Fire Chief Bill Shank said his department is taking a hard look at “what we can live without and what we need.”
Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King said she would like to see a study done to determine the amount of funding that is necessary for a community our size.
Commissioner Mickey Shober added, there should be a way to account for the increasing costs of new vehicles.
Funding for the depreciation account is still up in the air. But, it was agreed that before the next quarterly meeting the fleet manager, fire chief and members from each government body would get together and determine what is needed in the depreciation account.
The group also discussed the county landfill and the issue of increased trash along the roadway from the airport to the landfill. Gillette and Wright both agreed to take a closer look at ordinances dealing with littering and unsecured loads. The commissioners also invited the other governing bodies to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program.
County Public Works Director Kevin King said, “It’s the only landfill in the county and we have to make it work.”
City Public Works Director Sawley Wilde also attended the meeting and provided an update on the annexation of the Antelope Valley and Crestview Parks. The city has assessed each park and Wilde said he’s reached out to the Improvement Districts for each subdivision and is waiting to hear back from them.
The next quarterly combined meeting is tentatively set for March.