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By Charlene Smith
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

County Commissioners give go-ahead to new clinic

 

Charlene Smith

A sketch of the new Pine Bluffs clinic layout.

A public hearing was held at the Laramie County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6, on the Business Ready Community Program grant submission for the new clinic in Pine Bluffs. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center foundation director Steve Stone explained the process and timeline for the building.

“The clinic that Pine Bluffs has has been operating since 1959 and is old and dilapidated,” Stone said. “The foundation has committed $250,000 and the hospital will also give $50,000 to the project. Along with in-kind donations from the town of Pine Bluffs, the match is well over the requirement for the grant and the project.”

Stone explained the foundation surveyed the community to find what their needs were and ask for direction on the plans for the new clinic. He added the new clinic would be entirely handicap accessible and increase in size from 2,600 square feet the clinic is now to 4,500 square feet for the new clinic.

Stone said the grant will be submitted Sept. 1, decisions will be released in January, and if awarded, building will begin in March. He added construction should take about 120 days and a replacement building will be used to house an interim clinic during construction. The commissioners accepted the grant proposal.

In another public hearing, the commissioners heard from Laramie County Community Partnership director Alfreda Gonzalez on their request to submit a grant to fund their homeless youth planning effort. Gonzalez explained there were 195 youths homeless in Laramie County School District No. 1 in the past school year and 32 in District No. 2. She added this was just a “snapshot sample” taken one day in January and felt the numbers might be even higher. Chairman Troy Thompson asked if any other counties were addressing the homeless youth situation and Gonzalez thought Laramie County was at the forefront of this effort. The commissioners passed the resolution for the grant.

Charlene Smith

The commissioners moved on to award grants to the Boys and Girls Club for $4,585, CLIMB Wyoming for $68,747, and the Wyoming Family Home Ownership program for $9,169. Thompson commended the three entities for working out their budgets to fit the money available from the county. He added these type of programs were “why it’s so fun for us to be here and we get to see a direct result of something we do.” Commissioner Diane Humphrey said she wished they had more they “‘could’ give now for the youth and so much less we ‘had’ to give to the jails because we wouldn’t need more later.”

In other business, the commissioners moved to accept an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to fund pavement maintenance, paint for the runways and servicing the lighting system in the amount up to $1,000,000 at Cheyenne Regional Airport.

The commissioners voted to accept a bid to fence the shooting range at Archer Complex for safety and to have a fence separate the impound lot from the evidence lot.

The next commissioners meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 3:30 p.m.

 

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