Commissioners approve grant applications


EVANSTON — The Uinta County Commissioners moved their regularly scheduled Tuesday afternoon meeting to Wednesday at 2 p.m. to accommodate the Fourth of July holiday. 

Seven items of business were passed at the meeting. Eric Williams of Volunteers of America asked the county commissioners for approval of a $3,595 grant. The grant will be used at a preventive level to help reduce the number of juveniles ending up in adult jails.

Uinta County Public Works Director Clay Baird asked commissioners to approve a resolution that will be included in a grant application form to be sent to the State Loan Investment Board.

The application’s purpose is to procure a grant or loan from the state in the amount of $1.4 million. The funds, if obtained, will be allocated to complete the municipal solid waste transfer station at the Bridger Valley Landfill.

Speaking of the likelihood of the state board approving this request, Baird said, “There is a very good chance this will be approved.” 

Uinta County Clerk Lana Wilcox had two items of business to bring before the board. The first pertained to Resolution 17-18 that details the requirements of county employees to disclose their financial conflicts of interest. 

The second motion passed will increase the speed limit on County Road 183 from 25 mph to 50 mph. Wilcox said the speed increase passed a safety check conducted by WYDOT. This request came in the wake of Westmoreland Coal Company purchasing land in the area. 

Uinta County Public Health Nurse Manager Kim Proffit petitioned the board for signatures on a grant application relating to Public Health Act Title 10. The application will be received by the federal government. 

“Funds are there and waiting for us,” Proffit said. Her request was approved. 

The meeting’s last item of new business was brought forth by Uinta County Deputy Clerk Amanda Hutchinson. She proposed two amendments to the county’s current stop-loss agreement.

These two alterations to the county’s agreement with QBE Insurance would raise the deductible from $35,000 to $45,000 and reduce the aggregate deductible to $135,000, down from $160,000. It was passed and will go into effect Aug. 1. 

Their will be a public hearing concerning the county’s annual budget at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17, at the Uinta County Complex.

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