Unapproved Record of the March 17, 2021 Proceedings of the Platte County Commissioners in Wheatland, WY –
A special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners was called to order at 3:00 P.M. with the following present: Steve Shockley, Commission Chairman; Ian Jolovich, Commissioner; Kayla Mantle, Commissioner; and Malcolm Ervin, County Clerk. The meeting was held in digital format via Zoom video conferencing. The purpose of the meeting was to affirm the decision made during an emergency meeting held the day before. On March 16, 2021 at 5:55 PM, the Board of County Commissioners, along with County Clerk Ervin, met via telephone in an emergency meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to declare an emergency throughout Platte County due to the snowstorm that caused serious issues throughout the County. During that meeting, Commissioner Jolovich motioned, seconded by Commissioner Mantle, to approve Resolution #2021-03, which declared an emergency in Platte County. Pursuant to Wyoming State Statute §16-4-404(d) the governing body of Platte County is required to meet within 48 hours of that emergency meeting to reconsider the actions taken during the emergency meeting. Therefore, Chairman Shockley opened the meeting and opened the discussion of whether an emergency still existed in Platte County. Mr. Shockley asked for a motion to consider the resolution approved the day prior. Commissioner Jolovich motioned, seconded by Commissioner Mantle, to approve Resolution #2021-03 to declare an emergency throughout Platte County. The motion carried. The full resolution is available for inspection online at www.plattecountywyoming.com or in the Office of the County Clerk. Ashley Paulsrud, Grants Chief for the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, spoke to why the declaration is necessary. Ms. Paulsrud said the declaration signifies to the state of Wyoming that assistance is needed and allows Platte County to access Public Assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ms. Paulsrud explained that there is a requirement that one million dollars in damages be done in order to qualify for funding – that funding is required to be from public damages and not private damages. The million-dollar threshold is combined throughout the state of Wyoming. Platte County will have thirty days from the end of the storm to finalize costs associated with the storm in order to request reimbursement from FEMA. Candy Wright, Town of Wheatland, asked how to get National Guard assistance to help move snow from the town’s roadways. The commissioners agreed that assistance would be beneficial to assist. Terry Stevenson, Emergency Management Coordinator, spoke to the process of requesting assistance from the state. The Commissioners then discussed whether to open county offices on Thursday, March 18th. Ultimately, the Commissioners agreed that opening county offices gives the public a destination. In an effort to keep as many people off the roadways as possible the Commissioners agreed to keep county offices closed on March 18th. There being no further business the meeting adjourned at approximately 3:50 P.M.
Public Notice No. 10925. To be published in the Platte County Record - Times April 14, 2021.