Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor honored, WIHS receives Track Invitational donation at July 20 Commissioners’ meeting

(Lander, WY) – The Fremont County Commissioners convened for a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 20th.

Long time employee Brad Meredith received the Commission Service Award for 20 years of service as the Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor.

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Meredith’s proud family was in attendance, and after being presented with his gift, a brand new fishing pole, he jokingly asked for the rest of the day off before thanking everyone in attendence.

“Brad and his crews are out 24/7. He’s a hard worker, budget minded, and always on the lookout for good ways to better the program,” stated Commission Vice-Chairman Larry Allen.

Brad Meredith receives award from Lary Allen. County 10 photo.

The Commission also accepted Transportation Superintendent Billy Meek’s recommendation to donate salvaged pipe to the Wyoming Indian High School for the installation of a canal that will be crossed in the September WIHS Chief Nation Invitational State Track Meet on Saturday, September 11th.

h/t WIHS photo.
h/t WIHS photo.

Douglas Thompson also gave a follow up presentation on the procedural issues regarding the update of the Fremont County Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP), which is now open for public comment.

The NRMP informational press release is below.

“The Fremont County Board of County Commissioners along with a steering committee has completed a draft Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP). The County developed this Plan as a tool which allows a local government to have a substantive impact on federal decisions, plans, policies, and programs.”

“Federal agencies consideration of a local natural resource management plan, or resource plan, can play a key role in the success of a local government engaging as a cooperative agency or with consistency review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), coordination under the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), or National Forest Management Act (NFMA) as well as assisting in the Governor’s consistency review.”

“The Draft Fremont County NRMP will be released for public comment on Tuesday July 20, 2021. The document is located on the Fremont County website for review and download.

“Hard copies of the document will also be available for viewing at the public libraries in Dubois, Lander, and Riverton and at the conservation district offices in Dubois, Lander, and Riverton. The public comment period will be open for 45-days from Tuesday July 20th through Friday September 5th.”

“Written public comments are requested to ensure a full understanding of your thoughts and concerns. Written comments will by fully considered before finalizing the NRMP and can be submitted via email to [email protected] or submitted to Becky Enos at the Fremont County Clerk’s Office.”

“If you have any questions regarding where to find a copy of the document please
feel free to contact Bree Burton at [email protected] or 307-733-2999.”

“To acquire community input and provide information about the purpose and intent of this NRMP, public meetings will be held throughout Fremont County.”

“The date for those meetings has not been set but will be advertised to the public at least one week in advance of the scheduled meetings through media outlets across the county and will be announced at the August 3rd Fremont County Board of County Commissioners meeting.”

“A virtual option for these meetings will also be available through a Zoom registration link.”

The Commissioners’ news report in its entirety is below.

1. THE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVED THE DESIGNATION OF THE PROPOSED U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE 76 THROUGH FREMONT COUNTY. THE PROJECT IS PART OF A NATIONAL EFFORT (THROUGH THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS) TO BUILD A US BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM AND IS BEING LED BY WYDOT AND THE ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION.

2. THE COMMISSION ACCEPTED THE TRANSPORTATION SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION TO DONATE SALVAGED PIPE TO THE WYOMING INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL FOR THEIR INSTALLATION IN A CANAL THAT WILL BE CROSSED IN THE SEPTEMBER WIHS CHIEF NATION INVITATIONAL TRACK MEET.

3. THE 45-DAY COMMENT PERIOD WAS SET BEGINNING JULY 20, 2021 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 FOR REVIEW OF THE DRAFT FREMONT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN.

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