TORRINGTON – During Wednesday’s Goshen County Commissioners meeting District Court Judge Keith Kautz announced his selection for the seat vacated by Ross Newman’s resignation. And the winner is: Carl Rupp.
After Newman’s resignation, the Goshen County Republican Central Committee advanced three names to the two remaining commissioners for their consideration to fill the vacancy.
However, the commissioners could not make a unanimous decision on the appointment, and, by state statute, the matter was then transferred to Kautz for a decision. Once the process moved to the district court for a decision, any qualified elector could petition the court for consideration to fill the vacancy.
Once the responsibility moved to Kautz, 11 people petitioned for the vacant position. Those petitioners were Mell Eaton, Lois Van Mark, Russel Walter, Rod Wagner, Rick Vonburg, Vickie Zimmer, Jack Bottenfield, Lawrence Curtis, Louis Kuhnel, Ed Perry and Carl Rupp.
Kautz interviewed all of the applicants before making his final decision, choosing Rupp to fill the vacancy.
“I am happy I was picked.’ said Rupp in an interview with the Telegram, “I have lived in Goshen County all my life, and it is a great place to live and work. I look forward to starting my new job.”
In other business:
The commissioners received a resignation letter from County Clerk Connie Addy, effective Dec. 1. The board will accept her resignation at noon on Dec. 3 after which Commissioner Jim Hudelson will contact the Goshen County Republican Central Committee
Gary Korell, road superintendent, reported that Chesapeake Oil offered the county 3,000 to 3,500 tons of gravel they are reclaiming off a site they have in the county. The county will start loading the gravel off the site next week.
Korell also recommended the commissioners split the county’s north and south crushing projects and get started on the south project, utilizing impact funds to stockpile the material. The commissioners approved the use of the impact funds for the south project.
Clerk of District Court Bonnie Petsch reported there is one trial scheduled for November and three in December.
The commissioners agreed to submit a letter, along with the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, supporting the governor’s request to increase the Wyoming fuel tax by 10 cents per gallon.