County Commissioners agenda: $100,000 DFS grant application, contract with Casper Nordic Club and more

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The Natrona County Board of County Commissioners will hold a work session and a regular board meeting on Tuesday, April 16.

The work session begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 115 of the Natrona County Courthouse. The commissioners will meet with Wyoming Medical Center’s President Michele Chulick, Vice President Yvonne Wigington and Chad Pew and Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Chair Serena Cobb.

The meeting will be in regard to a “semi-annual lease letter presentation.”

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They will then meet with Vikki Nunn of Porter, Muirhead, Cornia and Howard, a public accounting firm, to conduct an audit review at 4 p.m.

The commissioners’ regular board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. During that meeting, the commissioners will consider an amendment that Natrona County wants to make in its Management Agreement Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation regarding Bishop’s Point, an area near Pathfinder Reservoir.

“The attached Natrona County request pertained to changing the current boundary at Bishop’s point to include an area to the north and west of Natrona County’s current management boundary so that both the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Natrona County Park Department could concurrently manage the subject area located on Reclamation lands,” a letter from the Bureau of Reclamation Wyoming Area Office included in the commissioners’ work packet reads.

Amending the management agreement requires the Bureau of Reclamation and the Natrona County Commissioners to provide written approval.

The commissioners will also discuss a grant application to the State of Wyoming Department of Family Services Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Community Partnership Initiative.

The grant application is requesting a total of $100,000, including $50,000 for Community Action Partnership of Natrona County, $35,000 for Climb Wyoming and $15,000 for BBBS.

CAPNC would like to use the potential grant funding for their Empowerment Opportunities for Success program.

“The Empowerment Opportunities for Success (EOS) program’s focal point is the unskilled low-income families in our community,” the grant proposal in the commissioner’s work packet reads. “This population is the most vulnerable. This population often come to our office when they have become homeless, have been evicted from their housing or face eviction.”

“[T]he Empowerment Opportunities for Success (EOS) program is a self-sufficiency program designed to help TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) eligible adults address any barrier to employment, help them obtain or maintain unsubsidized employment and increase self-sufficiency.”

Climb Wyoming is a nonprofit focused on supporting single mothers.

“Climb Wyoming’s mission is for low-income single mothers to discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement,” the work packet reads. “Climb will serve approximately 30 low-income single mothers and about 60 children through two job training and placement programs.”

Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters wants to use $15,000 to support a Natrona County Youth Mentoring and Family Engagement program.

“GWBBBS proposes providing mentoring programming for youth ages 5-16 and quarterly family engagement activities to provide assistance to at-risk families so that children may be cared for in their own homes,” the application reads.

The commissioners will also consider a Provider Agreement between Natrona County and Morrill County, Nebraska. Morrill County would like Natrona County to provide juvenile detention services when space is available at the Natrona County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, according to the agreement included in the work packet.

Also on the agenda is a contract between Natrona County and the Casper Nordic Club regarding use of the Casper Mountain Trails.

“This contract is to establish the procedure for Club to use Trails for its activities and to assist grooming and maintaining Trails,” the contract reads.

A contract between Natrona County and Robert Shook is also on the agenda. The contract is in regard to allowing for an easement for County Road No. 402.

The commissioners will also consider whether to reappoint Rebecca Albertson, Kelly Green and Heather Ross to the Casper Re-Entry Community Board. They will also consider appointing Gus Holbrook to that board.

They will decide on whether to reappoint Chris Hansen to the Natrona County Planning and Development Board of Appeals.

The commissioners’ full agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is available here.