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County votes to support Day Break project

SHERIDAN — The Board of County Commissioners voted to sponsor the Sheridan Senior Center in its application for a $500,000 grant from the Wyoming Business Council at its meeting Tuesday. If awarded, the grant will be used to build a new “Day Break” center.

The Day Break program provides care throughout the day for seniors who can’t — or prefer not to be — left home alone. It is an economical way to keep loved ones out of long-term care facilities while providing supervision, activities and interaction, Executive Director Carmen Rideout said.

Building a new Day Break center will also enable the senior center to expand its programs and facilities into the space currently occupied by the Day Break program, boosting capacity and services for the growing population of senior citizens.

The commissioners held a public hearing about the sponsorship of the grant application at their meeting Nov. 19, but postponed adopting a resolution until a few more details were worked out by the senior center.

“We now have got all the pieces put together, and funding is secure, and match money is ready to go.

The application is due January 15, so we are at that stage where we’re ready to get it off in the mail,” Development Director Rindy West said.

The business council will review the application in early March, and the senior center should know if it received the grant by the end of March.

Matching funds have been provided by several local foundations and the senior center. Cash donations total $293,742. The center has also received a land donation, valued at $106,400, on which to build but doesn’t want to release details on location until the grant is awarded, West said.

The total project cost for the new Day Break center is approximately $900,000. It will be 3,000 square feet and will include more green space for outdoor activities, as well as increased indoor space for programs and care. The senior center has partnered with Sheridan College to do intern programs with Day Break, West said.

“They say by the year 2030, our senior population will have doubled, so if you think in terms of Day Break what that means, we could easily see numbers close to that, too,” West said.

Day Break currently serves 58 clients.

In other business:

• County commissioners elected Commissioner Terry Cram to serve as the board chairman for 2014. Past Chairman Steve Meier handed over the gavel after the election, and Cram conducted the remainder of the meeting.

• A claim submitted by Marcia Harber against the county was rejected by a vote of 5-0. The claim asked for compensation in the amount of $4,829.13 for damages caused to Harber’s car when an unknown Sheridan County Airport employee blew snow from a snowblower through the fence near the commercial ramp and into the adjacent parking lot.

“The snow was a mixture of snow and ice causing significant damage to my car,” Harber wrote on her Notice of Claim.

Harber was present at the meeting but made no comment. Commissioner Mike Nickel noted that denying the claim is standard process and that nothing will be considered complete until the county works with its liability pool to handle the claim.

• Commissioners passed a resolution announcing a notice of intent to alter Soldier Creek Road. County Engineer Ken Muller said the current road will not be altered but that the old right of way from when the road was altered in the 90s needs to be vacated and cleaned up.

Deadline for public comment on the matter is Feb. 14, and the public hearing will be held Feb. 18.

• Commissioners approved the Sheridan County Liquor Dealers Association to have extended hours of business on four days in 2014. These include March 15 for Saint Patrick’s Day, July 12 for the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo, Oct. 31 for Halloween and Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve.

• It was announced that the closure of Dana Avenue from 13th Street to 15th Street will continue due to the success of keeping Holloway Avenue open instead. The closure of Dana Avenue was made Nov. 1, 2011, due to safety concerns. The closure is reviewed annually.

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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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