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By Charlene Smith
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

Cowboys, beers and lights; commissioners meeting rivals Vegas during the NFR

 

Charlene Smith

Chairman Troy Thompson spoke from the front podium last Tuesday at the Laramie County Commissioners meeting to honor Seth Glause. Glause placed second in bull riding at the National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas, Nev., in December even though he suffered a broken nose and an injury to his shoulder. This was Glause’ fifth appearance at NFR.

“I had a good week, I guess,” said a humble Glause. “I gave it all I had.”

The commissioners presented Glause with a pin from Laramie County, and a mug. Commissioner Diane Humphrey teased the young cowboy by saying if they see him out without the pin on, he had to buy the drinks.

The commissioners held a public hearing regarding a new malt license for Wearin Brothers Cattle Co. doing business as Riata Ranch Event Center located at 822 Arena Lane. Clerk Debbie Lathrop said all the paperwork was in order and it just needed the commissioners vote.

Andy Wearin said he recently moved to Wyoming from Nebraska and is “looking to serve the community.” Wearin’s wife is originally from Pine Bluffs, Georgeann (Dardin) Wearin, and they raised two boys so he “knows the trouble that can come from mismanaged alcohol.”

“Campstool road is a beautiful place, but have you addressed the traffic and speeding on the road,” asked Humphrey.

Wearin said he would “do my part to keep it safe.”

Linda Heath from Burns asked if Wearin was aware of the underage drinking issue in the county and if he had a plan to address the young kids who would have access to the arena.

“I have the community and kids in mind and I hope you will trust me with this business,” said Wearin.

After the hearing, the commissioners voted to approve the malt license for Riata Ranch Event Center.

A public hearing was held regarding a change in zone district from the Winchester Hills Planned Unit Development (PUD) to the Cheyenne Power Park PUD. Casey Palmer of Steil Surveying explained the layout of the buildings and uses as the district is now. Palmer said there were a few “home businesses such as a truck driver who parks his semi at home and a water truck operator.” Palmer explained they would maintain a level of building codes similar or better than the buildings in the area now.

During the public hearing, numerous neighbors spoke about the damage redistricting their neighborhood would do. Most agreed they weren’t so much against rezoning, but more of the traffic, lights, and loss of “quiet living”. A neighbor asked if there was “anything to protect us,” referring to buying in a residential area and having it rezoned for multipurpose.

One neighbor said he can see industrial lights from five miles away, and asked if there was any way to limit the “light intrusion.”

Thompson asked Steil Surveying if they would consider caps for the lights or down-casting the lights. Palmer said that “would not be a deal breaker at all.” County attorney Mark Voss said there were numerous “dark sky codes” that they could offer for wording. But added “light goes until it stops,” and would caution against specific language policing lighting infringement.

“It’s hard to enforce light trespassing,” Voss said.

Commissioner Buck Holmes made a motion to change the zone, but with amendments for the traffic, lighting and set-back distance for future building. Commissioner Amber Ash said she didn’t like the “11th hour changes,” and felt the public hearing was not the place to make this many changes to the motion. Palmer stated again none of the changes were “deal breakers” for them and he appreciated hearing from the neighbors. The motion passed as amended.

Charlene Smith

The commissioners moved to extend the term of two Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau board members until June 30, 2013. Rick Kessler explained the board didn’t realize Bob Nelson and Steve Farkas’ terms would conclude before June 30, 2013. Humphrey said she knew Nelson was very devoted to the board.

The commissioners considered an agreement to spend $5,000 to perform a salary survey on the county employees. Commissioner M. Lee Hasenauer said he didn’t think it was a good idea to spend $5,000 of the tax-payers money to find out what they already know.

“We know we are underpaying our employees,” said Hasenauer. Humphrey asked Hasenauer how he knew the employees were underpaid.

“They are leaving for better paying jobs,” explained Hasenauer.

After more discussion, the motion passed with Hasenauer voting against it.

The next commissioners meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

 

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