Commissioners table decisions after discussions

Robert Galbreath photo Sublette County Commissioner Sam White is sworn in by District Court Judge Marvin Tyler on Jan. 4.

PINEDALE – Sublette County Board of Commissioners tackled multiple agenda items at its Jan. 5 meeting at the Sublette County Library’s Lovatt Room.

The longest discussion stemmed from County Administrator Matt Gaffney’s presentation of awarding a contract for telecommunications requests for proposals across the county. Gaffney told the commissioners about each proposal and ranked them in order of his recommendations: WesTech, BPS and Verizon. Gaffney recommended WesTech over BPS and Verizon, because he thought WesTech was the most competitive bid. Representatives for BPS, which attended the meeting on Zoom, said its bid had been misunderstood. BPS representatives also told commissioners the company’s technicians were the only ones certified in Wyoming, and that the state “wouldn’t be happy” should the county choose a non-certified company.

Commissioners planned to approve a motion awarding WesTech the telecommunications contract until a motion to table the decision until the next meeting was made. The board will revisit the item then.

Because of the transition in presidential administration, the board’s Bureau of Land Management grazing regulations update concluded the county should wait to see if the next administration alters its budget for the BLM. The board also waited to approve CARES Act funding for local nonprofits because the deadline to do so was extended to March 1.

Gaffney also brought up the future of the county sanitarian position after current sanitarian Alan Huston tendered his resignation. Gaffney said the county would check with the state’s Department of Agriculture if the position could be dissolved or altered.

Fire warden Shad Cooper said Commissioner Doug Vickrey made an offer on a county fire truck listed for sale at its full asking price of $15,000. A motion approving the sale carried, although commissioners discussed worry for usage of former fire trucks based upon previous experiences.

The board also approved catering with liquor license dates to Elkhorn Trading Post for Jan. 8-9, Jan. 15-18, Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 29-30. That totals 13 24-hour permits of its kind for Elkhorn Trading Post. County Clerk Carrie Long brought up a business can only have up to 36 in a calendar year at one location.

Construction, maintenance and landfill projects remain on schedule and the board finalized its meeting and holiday schedule for the 2021 calendar year.

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