County OKs three items of business for airport

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Commissioners approved three items of business for the Sheridan County Airport on Tuesday including a renewed lease agreement with FedEx Air and a grant request to restripe aprons and taxilanes at the airport.

The current Federal Express lease at the airport terminates April 30, but FedEx would like to continue to lease the space it is currently in. The renewed lease is for three years with an expansion option of two more years at a price of $29,316 per year. The rate was increased by 7.3 percent.

Airport Manager John Stopka said FedEx currently operates a ground delivery operation out of the space but that it hopes to resume air operation in the future.

Stopka also requested the commissioners approve a grant application to the State Aeronautics Division for $4,800 to purchase paint and beads to restripe taxiway B as well as aprons and associated taxilanes. The airport will contribute $1,200 from its own budget to cover the remaining cost of supplies. Airport crews will complete the work.

The commissioners also approved a renewed operating agreement between the airport and Enterprise Rent-a-Car to allow the car rental business to use the public parking lot for customer pick-up and drop-off and other business. Enterprise cannot use any inside areas of the airport to conduct business. The current agreement was set to expire April 30.

County Commissioners voted to accept a bid from O’Dell Construction for $63,700 to complete security upgrades in the office of the Clerk of District Court on the third floor of the courthouse.

The bid from O’Dell was the only one received, but Grants Administrator Mike Mackey recommended it be accepted because it was $10,000 less than the architect’s estimate and O’Dell completed third floor renovation work several years ago and is familiar with the area needed to be upgraded.

The work will be funded in its entirety with a Wyoming Office of Homeland Security grant already received, Mackey said.

County commissioners voted to issue a notice of intent to amend the county’s rules and regulations governing zoning to remove the category of “public facility” from the table of permitted uses in section 17 of the rules.

The County Planning and Zoning Commission decided that since “public facilities,” such as storage sheds or office buildings for public entities, are not an allowed use in any zoning district, it should be removed from the table. County Planner Mark Reid said this will allow land use compatibility to be evaluated based on impacts to the community rather than on whether a use is held privately or publicly.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the intent to amend the rules on June 5. County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the amendment July 1.

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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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