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... .... ,., High spirits: Homecoming week offers activities galore I Page 14 ....... i I hl ":63 ; SHE- ,I , h ,,,1,,,11u111,,lUi1,,1,1u,l,1111Ul,Uullhhlh II UUl I , , " I nursday, September 24, 2015 IIIIIII IIIl l IIIIl II III~IIIII~ Ill III IIIIIII II I]] www.sundancetimes.com i; Jeff Moberg photo Work on the Sundance Pond improvement project got underway this week with a pump down of water levels and the commencement of dredging operations. City officials predict the dredging operation will continue through mid-week followed by installation of polestar the constTuction of a handlcap-accesslble pier. Work to clear out brush is expected to be completed next week, followed by a fish restocking. All told, they anticipate the project will be complete within two weeks. e Entities share differing interpretations of fire protection requirements BY SARAH PRIDGEON The Sundance City Council will continue on with plans to form a backbone for the city's fire flow system despite ap- parently losing the support of the School Facilities Commis- sion and Crook County School District, on whose behalf the project had been planned. The new transmission line was moved up the priority list created during the recent Level II Water Study in order to provide sufficient fire flow to the new elementary school. At a special meeting on Tues- day, however, Karla Greaser of Trihydro reported that what : :!: :: she believes to be a misunder- standing has led the school district to think that increasing fire flow is unnecessary. "The cost of that transmis- sion line is so expensive that the mayor doesn't feel that we need to raise the rates to pay for enough water for the school to have a fire program," said Brooks. "This project would qualify in any way", though the nec- for 66/33 funding, with 66 essary information has been coming from Wyoming Water made available since the very Development and 33 coming beginning of the elementary from us but, the fact is, that school project. still leaves the city on the hook There has been no communi- for about $333,000, which we cation since that meeting, she don't have." continued. The original plan, he added, "I'm not sure this discussion was to join forces with the is over, even though it may school district to ensure the seem that way," said Greaser, project could be completed, explaining that the district will The deadline to apply for the have to prove it has adequate WWD grant, said Clerk Trea- i'we flow to be granted occu- surer Kathy Lenz, is October pancy. 1. Lenz shared her opinion that "We had hoped the school moving ahead with the project would offer to pay the match without SFC support would and we could, as a part of get- be to the financial detriment ting them the fire flow, do the of the city. Sundance is cam- project," Brooks explained, mitted to a 25 match for the stating that there has been a first part of its landfill closure lack of cooperation from the project this year, she said, and school district, this would be a significant ad- At a meeting on September ditional cost. 9, said Greaser, school district "We don't need this water line representatives said that there - it's the school that probably is already sufficient fire flow won't get occupancy without for the sprinkler system. The it," she said. way Greaser reads the Interna- Lenz stated that she has tional Fire Code and National been told by Wyoming Water Fire Protection Code, however, Development that it would the building will need both ad- be better to submit the grant equate water for its sprinklers application and pull it later if and additional fire flow as a necessary than to scramble at standalone requirement, the last moment. Because of this, said Greaser, Mayor Brooks commented the SFC and school district that he will not be responsible appear to believe the project is for putting a school full of unnecessary. She stated that small children in danger. He the fact it is two separate is- sues "has not been addres.ced See Une: page 8 ir BY MARK WATSON on Highway 85 having just tumed BLACK HILLS PIONEER off of Rochford Road. Gunderman A Sundance, Wyo., man turned into the Powder House was shot and fatally wounded Pass subdivision where he drove Wednesday morning during a onto a dead end road and exited foot pursuit with law enforce- his vehicle, a foot pursuit ensued. ment in the Powder House Pass He reportedly fired shots at the subdivision near the Mystic deputies. Deputies retumedfired Miner Ski Resort south of Lead. and struck Gunderman at least Rory Lynn Gunderman, 31 was once in the head. transported by LifeFlight to Rap- The Lawrence County Sheriff's id City Regional Hospital where Office confirmed that no officers he later died. were injured. Around 10:45 a.m., the Law- Officers who fired their weapons rence County dispatch was con- have been placed on administra- tacted by the Newcastle Police De- tive leave during the investigation, partment with a report of a stolen a procedure that is standard vehicle. Officers said the vehicle policy. was spotted in the area and Gun- The South Dakota Depart- derman was likely headed toward ment of Criminal Investigation the Lead area, Lawrence County is conducting the investigation. Sheriff Brian Dean said. The DCI will issue a case report Shortly after 11 a.m., Lawrence and shooting summation to be County Sheriffs deputies spotted reviewed by the Attorney General a vehicle matching the description for a final determination on the and began a pursuit of the white officer's action. The release of the Ford Superduty pickup with summary is anticipated within Texas plates headed northbound 30 days. In BY SARAH PRIDGEON With the departure of Regional Health, Crook County Medical Services District welcomes an interim CEO to oversee the county's facilities. Meanwhile, new admin company Health Management Services will be- gin interviews for a permanent replacement. Bob Brummond, veteran ad- ministrator whose most recent position was as CEO of Lusk's hospital before his retirement in 2011, expects to be with the district for around two months. "It of course depends on how quickly they find a permanent administrator," he says. "Somewhere from six weeks to two months - whatever that takes. Health Management Ser- vices is going to start interview- ing next week." After retiring, Brummond moved to Montana and took on interim assignments in long term care as well as consulting roles. "I became familiar with Health Management Services last spring and took an assign- ment with them. I was up in North Dakota for about three months," he says of his activities since retirement. Not long ago, he received an- other commission from the man- agement company. "They called me and said, can you be in Sundance on Sep- tember 14, so here I am," he smiles. "I'm trying to figure things out and take a look at what's going on and try to get things prepared for a permanent administrator." Though it's early days for the interim CEO, who arrived in town last week, he explains that his main role is to ensure that the district continues to run smoothly until his permanent replacement arrives. "My main job is to keep things rolling along and work with whatever problems or issues there are, to try to help solve those and get things prepared," he nods. Brummond expects to identify specific tasks or issues that need attention after discussions with the Board of Trustees to find out what their concerns are. "It's a little bit early to focus right now, I've just been trying to figure out what's going on and what the immediate needs are," he adds. "Right now they are having some trouble with the operating systems and book-keeping, so Sarah Pfidgeon photo Interim CCNISD CEO Bob Brummond. we're taking a look at that be- cause [the board is] right in the place where they need to make some decisions on that. Part of our staff is taking a look at that and trying to come up to speed so we can help the board make a good decision on where to go there - that's probably a big is- sue right now to deal with." In Brummond's opinion, the district is in a good position to move forward. "The nursing home is full - that's good, that's not always the case in a lot of places. You ze got a couple more new providers coming on; they~ze had one or two leave and weWe got a new physician and a couple of mid- levels coming on - the physician is already here," he lists. "Provider-wise, we're pretty well staffed for three clinics." The district also seems to be in a strong financial position, he adds. "In my opinion after the past ten years working in facilities that had financial difficulties, actually I think Crook County is in pretty good shape. We~l just try to keep it that way and keep things going," he says. Brummond hopes that prepar- ing the path for his replacement will help to bring stability to CCMSD for the years ahead. "My prior experience m that I have been in facilities in the state for five or six years where there has been a significant amount of change in adminis- tration," he says. "It does help to get stabilized, so I think it will be good to get somebody in here and get ev- erything lined out." i