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County awards bids for streambank stabilization projects

SHERIDAN — The Board of County Commissioners awarded two bids for streambank stabilization projects along the Tongue River at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Commissioners also approved a lot size variance and a quarry permit.

Commissioners awarded the bid for stabilization along Tongue Canyon Road (County Road 92) to CDS Excavation out of Dayton in the amount of $53,292.20, which was nearly $29,000 less than the engineer’s estimate. County Engineer Ken Muller said the bid by CDS Excavation was lower than other bids because it is a local company and can utilize materials produced from its own quarry located one mile from the project.

The bid for work along Kooi Road (County Road 93) was awarded to DRM, Inc., out of Gillette in the amount of $147,500.40, which was about $500 more than the engineer’s estimate.

Both projects will be 75 percent funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds and a 25 percent local match from Capital Facilities Tax funds.

The project on Tongue Canyon Road will be closer to Dayton than the project that was completed along the same road last year, Rolston said.

“There were some issues in the high water in 2011 that was undercutting some trees that were along that bank. It isn’t what you would call a major project, but it’s one of those that if you take care of it now, it’ll be taken care of prior to, not disaster, but a larger fix,” Rolston said.

Rolston noted that the Sheridan County Conservation District has been instrumental in helping with both stabilization projects, which will involve removing old auto bodies — called Detroit Riprap and the commonly used stabilization measure in the early 1900s — from the streambank and installing more environmentally friendly stabilization measures, including native vegetation.

In other business, commissioners:

• approved a quarry permit for the S.K. Johnston Quarry to continue operation of a 10-acre quarry southeast of Brinton Road. Approximately seven acres have been mined, and two to three acres remain, County Planner Mark Reid said. The quarry is used to mine screened sand and haul it off site. The permit was approved with four conditions regarding road maintenance, hours of operation and a permit length of five years.

• approved a lot size variance for Joyce McGregor that will permit the reduction of a 4.55-acre residential parcel along Big Goose Creek by .25 acres. The land will be conveyed to her neighbor, Donald Swaney. No additional development is anticipated on the land.

• announced free landfill weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. Residential Household Hazardous Waste will be accepted, and there will be a fee for car batteries, tires and refrigeration units that have not been decommissioned by a certified technician.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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