Rec board approves 2-year weed and mosquito contract with city

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Recreation District met briefly for their regular meeting Wednesday, approving a new two-year weed and mosquito agreement with the city of Sheridan.

The contract was approved at Monday’s Sheridan City Council meeting.

After discussion at last month’s SRD board meeting about facilitating better communication between the SRD, city and county in working together on weed and mosquito programs, Director Richard Wright emphasized the importance of the program to the SRD.

“It’s been a financially positive program for the Sheridan Recreation District,” he said Wednesday.

Last month, the board talked about why the SRD is in charge of weed and mosquito management as opposed to the city parks department, but Wright reiterated Wednesday that the program, while different from many of the things they do, is something they rely on in their budget and that they’ve operated long enough to do well.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Business Manager Rich Bridger told the board he would be putting up for bid two SRD buses, a 24-passenger and a 48-passenger, which the board then approved. Bridger said the buses sit unused on the school district lot.

In November, 2,805 people used Sheridan County School District 2 facilities through SRD programs, use that is typical of this time of year. As usual, space continues to be hard to come by.

“We’re maximizing use of SCSD2 facilities, and that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” Wright said.

The board reviewed draft agreements with two entities with plans to build structures on their managed Thorne-Rider Park property. The Sheridan Community Tennis Association has proposed to cover two tennis courts at Thorne-Rider, and the American Legion has planned a Cleary Building that will house an indoor hitting/throwing facility for year round use by Troopers and Jets baseball in the corner of the parking lot adjacent to the stadium.

The board agreed to go over the letters with the goal of forming 1-year agreements which lay out their management and shared use of the facilities, while protecting them from any liability. The SRD winter/spring brochure for activities spanning January through April will be inserted in The Press next week and distributed at schools after that.

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