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2023 Vision Meeting, Part 3: Campbell County

At the 2023 Vision meeting on Feb. 1, Commissioner Colleen Faber presented a status report on Campbell County.

Campbell County Commissioner Colleen Faber provides updates on the county at the Feb. 1 meeting. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Gillette College hosted a 2023 Vision meeting Feb. 1 that included brief presentations from public officials from the Town of Wright, Gillette City Council, Campbell County Board of Commissioners, Campbell County Memorial Hospital Board, Campbell County School District Board of Trustees and Gillette Community College District Board of Trustees. County 17 will present coverage of the meeting as a series.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — At the 2023 Vision meeting Feb. 1, Commissioner Colleen Faber presented a status report on Campbell County.

She said the county’s working to finish the Campbell County annex and move offices, attorneys and other staff there to prepare space for the fourth District Court judge whom Wyoming legislators allocated to the county. Currently, Campbell County has three District Court judges.

The Campbell County Courthouse annex building (Campbell County)

First responders are working on a joint power dispatch with the city, county and the hospital.

The county’s adding another cell, or “hole,” to bury garbage at the landfill.

BLM & coal

The county is also anticipating action on the Bureau of Land Management’s Buffalo Field Office’s resource management plan, or RMP, and environmental impact statement. In August 2022, the U.S. Montana District court determined that the analysis of possible fossil fuel impacts to the planning area in the Buffalo RMP was insufficient, the BLM said. The BLM has until November 2023 to analyze other coal leasing alternatives and disclose how burning fossil fuels impacts public health.

“It definitely will impact the coal if anything other than no action decision is made,” Faber said.

The draft supplemental environmental impact statement, or EIS, is anticipated to be published in early March for a 90-day review, the BLM said.

Faber said Feb. 7 that Campbell County has a meeting with the BLM April 4 in the commission chambers and another the evening of April 4 at the George Amos Memorial Building, 412 S. Gillette Ave., Gillette.

Long-term planning & Rockpile Museum

The county’s working with the city of Gillette on Pronghorn Industrial Park and other capital construction and operating projects as well as strategic and long-term planning, such as Vision 2040.

The county is also working on providing the Rockpile Museum with a new, larger location.

“They’re pretty crammed in right now,” she said.

Many county-related historical pieces are in storage because there isn’t room to physically display them for people to see, she said. They’re favoring the CAM-PLEX property for a new space.