SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Commission approved a $130,651 contract with Oedekoven Excavating and Construction, LLC for an improvement project on County Road 117, also known as Golf Course Road.

Sheridan County Engineer Ken Muller said the contract would initiate phase one of a two-phase project that was included in the county’s capital improvement plan.

“This project basically entails rebuilding that failing fill at the southern end of this road,” Mueller said. “We sure wouldn’t want to repave it before this project happens.”

Phase two of the improvement project on the road would involve repaving the road, which would be included in a city of Sheridan pavement overlay project. Mueller said the city is planning a pavement overlay project that will span from Highway 331 to the Kendrick Municipal Golf Course boundary.

Mueller said he expects to discuss phase two of the project with the commissioners during a meeting in April.


Other business:

• Ranchester Mayor Peter Clark offered the commissioners an update on the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board’s efforts to build a natural gas line into the Tongue River Valley. Clark said he recently met with the United States Department of Agriculture, to which the TRVJPB applied for a loan crucial to the beginning the process. He noted that his meeting with the agency was delayed by the federal government shutdown at the start of the year, but the recent meeting represented progress.

“We’re about 99 percent done with our design work and we have some parcels of land that we’re still working on easements for, that we have to have before they let us go out to bid,” Clark said.

Clark explained that the easement delays are related to several parcels of land in Ranchester whose owners have proven difficult to contact.

“Mostly it’s been a process of tracking down the right person to talk to,” Clark said.

• Commissioners approved a sublease agreement between the Sheridan County Airport and Key Lime Air, which will allow Key Lime to begin hangering their Dornier aircraft in a Sheridan County Airport hanger April 1. Airport Manager John Stopka said Key Lime will pay $3,000 per month to use the hanger during the summer months, which will allow them to protect the aircraft from summer weather like thunderstorms and hail.

• Commissioners approved a resolution designating several financial institutions as depositories for Sheridan County. County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller said the county is required to designate financial depositories every year.

The resolution designates the Cowboy State Bank, First Federal Bank and Trust, First Interstate Bank, Security State Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo as depositories; Obermueller said the board of directors of each of those institutions will also have to approve a resolution to confirm their business relationship with the county.

• Commissioners approved a resolution that officially vacates sections of an alley through Downers Addition. With the approval of the resolution, Mueller said the county has entirely vacated the alley through Downers Addition.