The Campbell County elected officials held their monthly luncheon to update the Board of Commissioners on recent activity within their respective departments.
At the meeting, Sherriff Scott Matheny provided an overview of the Campbell County Detention Center, which he reported as having a current population of 144 inmates and 11 in the junvenile detention center. Matheny also briefed them on the 24/7 program, which currently has 98 people enrolled. Of those 98, Matheny said 70-75 are actively involved in the program.
Campbell County Board of Commissioners Chairman DG Reardon asked for an update on COVID-19 tests in the detention center. Matheny sighed and said that though there have been no positive COVID-19 tests in the jail, several inmates have had voiced concerns about being quarantined.
“We haven’t had anyone come through with the virus,” Matheny said. “But of course, everyone says they have it because they want a private cell.”
After Matheny finished his report, Campbell County Treasurer Rachael Knust ran through some numbers. According to Knust, the County collected 1.3 million dollars’ worth of tax revenue of which $712,000 came from vehicle sales taxes. Knust told officials there has been a dramatic spike in vehicle sales tax in June. She said the revenue from June even surpassed the revenue produced in February, prior to COVID-19.
Reardon then provided an update on the relations between Gillette College and the Northern Wyoming Community College District.
Despite massive appeals from Gillette to continue the college’s athletics program through private funding, NWCCD decided against adding this discussion to any upcoming meeting agendas, last Wednesday.
“The college won’t have sports, this year,” Reardon confirmed. “Sheridan isn’t going to bend over backwards for Gillette. That’s just the way it is.”
Reardon went on to give a quick overview of Gillette’s options for creating its own school district.
“We’re working with the college and legislators to explore our options,” he said. “But if we can’t make our own district, then we’ll look at annexation, which would give Gillette equal representation on the NWCCD’s board.”
No decisions were made by the board of commissioners or by any elected department heads during the luncheon, but the lunch was followed by a directors meeting.