Volume 5, Number 39 - December 22, 2005
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The Town of Pinedale has vacated Mill Street between the county courthouse and the library, so the Sublette County Commission agreed to solicit proposals for design of a parking garage facility. Commissioner Bill Cramer advocated that the facility be constructed on land across from the Pinedale Library that Sublette County School District No. 1 currently owns. Cramer agreed to approach the district about the location of the facility.
Dave Allison, a land-use plan consultant, spoke with commissioners about public land planning issuesTuesday. He noted that plans should provide for both the development and the protection of resources.
Allison said that most counties are ill prepared to comment on federal land use plans and do not have policies in place dealing with public lands.
Allison developed a draft two-part public land policy for public lands for Uinta County, Utah, which he presented to Sublette County as an example. He's also working on a similar process in Lincoln County.
If a county creates a public lands committee, that committee can provide guidance in creation of public lands policies, Allison said.
"We need this," said Commissioner John Linn. The commission discussed the need and pitfalls in selecting both the issues and people to be involved in the process.
Allison explained that part of the processwould be for the commission to hold public scoping meetings to identify issues and later to seek volunteers to serve on the committee.
He explained that the outcome of the process would be a written county policy that lays out what the county's policy and position is toward each resource.
The commission asked Allison to submit a written proposal for the commission's consideration at a later date.
The committee advocating the expansion of the Rendezvous Meadows Golf Course to create an additional 18-hole course to the existing nine-hole course met with commissioners.
The committee plans to meet with the Bureau of Land Management later this week to see about acquiring the 280-acres for the expansion.
The total estimated cost to build the course is $4.2 million.
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