First Commissioners meeting of the new year sheds light on pressing issues in Fremont County

(Lander, WY) – The first Fremont County Commissioners meeting of 2021 was held on Tuesday, January, 5th. Chairman Travis Becker opened the meeting with a discussion on the liaison diagnosis with a concentration in changes being made in the transportation department which is still on the table- a final decision will be made at next Tuesday’s meeting. 

The Commissioners discussed the planning of The Community Charitable Relief Program for local non-profits. This is $854,000 received from Cares Act for eligible 501(c)(3) or 501 (c)(19).

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“The plan was to put the money in the hands of the nonprofit’s as soon as possible,” said Chairman Becker. “This will take 2 weeks to sort out where the money will be distributed, we need to ask some questions on where the money will go.” 

The process for nonprofit relief distribution will begin to roll out this week. As a reminder, all non-profits will need to submit their applications by January, 8th at 5 pm. Click here to learn more.

Anita Marple, Fremont County’s Libraries acting director will now have a supervisor on staff that will report to the director indefinitely. The supervisor will oversee all three library facilities covered in Fremont County. Commissioner Clarence Thomas asked a very important question to Director Marple.

“Over the holiday season it seemed the libraries were all closed, is that something that is happening every year, and with kids being off from school and able to utilize the libraries, why would they be closed for that long?”

Maple hesitated for a moment and responded with.

“We tried something different this year, closing the libraries during the holidays which is historically the slowest time of the year, with most of our staff requesting off leading to the 11-day closure.”

Chairman Becker moved on to the back end of the agenda, granting the approval of a transfer of liquor license to the Lava Mountain Lodge in Dubois which will now stay open all year round.

Chairmen Becker would move on to conduct opening interviews with two Fremont County residents interested in becoming chair of the county’s weed & pest board, a big emphasis for both candidates were grasshoppers in the area and the local water supply. Chairman Becker was pleased to see some fresh new faces ending the agenda with,

“It is great to finally see some of the younger generations interested in our boards.”

The next County Commissioners meeting will be held Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 at 9 am inside the Commissioner’s office at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander or viewed online via zoom meeting. County 10 will share the agenda once it is released.

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