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City council rejects bid for hazardous waste project

SHERIDAN — Sheridan City Council voted to reject a bid from A & B Buildings and Supplies for improvements to household hazardous waste facilities at the landfill at its meeting Monday.

Utilities Director Dan Roberts said the landfill’s current household hazardous waste facility is considered temporary by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and needs to be replaced with a permanent structure.

The city received one bid from A&B Buildings and Supplies for $61,000 to complete the work. That bid was $11,000 more than the $50,000 amount the city had budgeted for the project, Roberts said.

“We were disappointed we only got one bid,” Roberts said.

Roberts said the DEQ is not pushing for the work to be done immediately, so the city will take time to re-evaluate the project and re-bid it at a later date. The rejection of the bid was solely because it was over budget and not a reflection on A & B Buildings and Supplies’ ability to perform the work, Roberts said.

City councilors also voted to approve a resolution to submit an application for a Business Ready Communities Planning Grant for $50,000 that will help Sheridan County, Johnson County and the Northern Wyoming Community College District improve the region’s arts and culture economy, which studies have shown to account for 8 percent of the region’s overall economy.

Planning and Development Director Robert Briggs said the city will need to contribute half of a total $16,667 cash match for the grant. The Northern Wyoming Community College District will provide the other half of the needed cash match. Briggs said funds would likely come from economic development contingency funds, Optional One-Cent Sales Tax funds or public works professional services funds.

Sheridan City Council members voted five to one to approve the renewal of 48 liquor licenses for the city of Sheridan. This included bar and grill, limited liquor, microbrewery, winery, resort liquor, restaurant liquor and retail liquor licenses.

Councilwoman Kristin Kelly was not present at the meeting due to a prior work engagement. Councilman Robert Webster voted against renewal of the liquor licenses as he does each year due to his belief that Sheridan County should be a dry county.

In other business, Sheridan City Council:

• read a proclamation declaring November as “Movember,” or men’s health awareness month, urging all men to get educated and tested regularly for men’s health issues.

• heard from the North Main Association and the Citizens for Infrastructure Improvements, a political action committee dedicated to promoting the Capital Facilities Tax, about why it was important to get out today and cast a vote in the cap tax special election.

All polling places will be open until 7 p.m. for residents of Sheridan County to cast their vote on the optional one-cent sales tax used to support infrastructure projects in Sheridan, Dayton, Ranchester, Clearmont and Sheridan County.

• approved on third and final reading in the consent agenda Ordinance 2140 revising Sheridan’s flood plain rules and regulations.

• approved on third and final reading in the consent agenda Ordinance 2141 rezoning 16,880 square feet of land located at 706 Val Vista Street and south of the alley between West Third and Fourth streets from R-3 residential to B-1 business.

• approved in the consent agenda revised cooperative agreements between the city of Sheridan and the Wyoming Department of Transportation for the North Main Interchange. After the agreements were approved by council Aug. 19, WYDOT wanted to make a few language changes to the three agreements regarding enhancements. No dollar amounts were changed in the revised agreements.

• approved in the consent agenda a request by the WYO Theater to change the location of its dispensing room.

• reappointed councilman Robert Webster to the Law Enforcement Center Joint Powers Board for a term ending Jan. 11, 2016.

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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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