Burkart sworn in as new commissioner


GOSHEN COUNTY – Justin Burkart was sworn in as a Goshen County commissioner on Dec. 4 after unseating opponents Cecil Sauer and incumbent Russell “Pinky” Walter and in the Republican primary last August. Burkart gave his oath in a masked and low key ceremony due to COVID-19.

“I had my family there, who supported me throughout this whole (campaign), so that was important to me,” he said. “My big thing is really trying to connect with the community to see what their wants and needs are, and seeing how I could work with them to make things happen.”

The commission convened for their first meeting of 2021 on Jan. 5, which was broadcast to the public via Zoom. 

Bob Taylor, Goshen County engineer, updated the commission on their third phase of a road rehab project near Veteran, at the intersections of Roads 27 and 64, a three-mile long project. Taylor said they are reshaping the road and putting down three inches of gravel. 

The county will be accepting bids for an upcoming project, he said, and they recently received a number of bids for a school district parking lot project. 

Fire Warden Bill Law submitted his report to the GCC. Goshen County’s fire departments from Torrington, Hawk Springs, Veteran and Yoder were dispatched to various wildfires in Wyoming and Colorado during last year’s fire season, according to the report, for which they’ve received roughly $220,000 in reimbursement, so far. 

Clerk of District Court Brandi Correa presented the GCC with a fee report of $3,018.65, which was approved unanimously. County Clerk Cindy Kenyon presented the GCC with the month’s bills, earnings and the warrant report, which were approved unanimously.

The GCC will convene for their next meeting on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

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