SHERIDAN — West Fifth Street in Sheridan from Mydland Road to Soldier Creek Road will now be owned and maintained by the city of Sheridan. Sheridan City Council unanimously approved the quitclaim deed of ownership from the county to the city on Monday, four years after starting the reconstruction project in conjunction with the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
“This is the end of a long road,” said Lane Thompson, interim public works director for the city of Sheridan.
The project began with WYDOT monies used through the Sheridan Urban Systems Advisory Council, a collaborative group between the county and the city that enabled the use of WYDOT funds for the joint project. The group agreed upon the West Fifth Street reconstruction from Kentucky Avenue to Soldier Creek Road in 2013.
The cost of the project, contracted by Mountain View Builders out of Sheridan, totaled $3.9 million, with the city and county contributing 9.51 percent of that total.
With the transition, the city will take over costs of maintenance and ownership, including plowing the road. County commissioners are also working to simplify the area. During its Tuesday meeting this week, the Sheridan County Commission approved a quitclaim for the Sheridan County Fairgrounds back to the county, adjusting historical survey boundaries.
The county’s administrative director Renee Obermueller said law enforcement jurisdiction also gets tricky before annexing takes place, but Lt. Travis Koltiska with the Sheridan Police Department said the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office will maintain jurisdiction in the area, despite the ownership transition, until city council approves the annexing of the area.
Koltiska said in speaking with Thompson, the city tentatively set the street annexing to go before council in early February, while the county plots north of the street will remain in county hands for the time being.
“It’s reasonable in the next 10 to 20 years that it could all be city,” Thompson said.
The land south of West Fifth Street remains in city limits, while part of the northern lots remain in the county’s jurisdiction.
For now, property along West Fifth Street will remain with the city or county entity as it stands, but area landowners should be aware of changes coming within the next months and years.
West Fifth Street landscaping improvements will include installations of a split rail fence, trees, shrub beds, dryland grass seed and irrigation lines for the trees and shrub beds.