Earlier today Town Manager Bob McLaurin announced that Kelly Thompson was selected to head the Finance Department for the Town of Jackson.
After an extensive search and interactive selection process, Kelly Thompson has been selected to serve the Town as the new Finance Director. Thompson replaces Kent Meredith who recently moved back to Texas to be closer to family after 2 years of service to the community. Mr. Thompson was selected from among 7 finalists invited to Jackson for personal interviews.
Thompson comes to the Town of Jackson with over 10 years of accounting experience. Since May of 2013, Thompson has served in the capacity of Financial Accountant for Teton County. He holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and a Master of Accounting from Georgia Southern University. Following college Thompson gained valuable experience as the In-Charge Auditor and Controller with the public accounting firm Deemer Dana and Froehle LLP in Savannah, Georgia and construction firm Regional Management Solutions in Bluffton, South Carolina, respectively.
Town Manager Bob McLaurin commented that “Thompson is the right choice for the position of Finance Director for our Town.” He went on to say “I’m very confident in Kelly’s ability to run the department, provide the technical expertise we need, and be a part of our leadership team.”
Thompson will officially begin on February 29, 2016. He will provide professional oversight of all financial functions of the Town of Jackson including short, mid-range, and long-term departmental strategic planning while providing oversight of departmental compliance with professional accounting principles, practices, policies, procedures, and theory, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, and regulations.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve in this community with the Town of Jackson,” Thompson said. “I’ve been working for a long time to achieve personal and professional goals and use my knowledge where best suited.”
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is committed to protect, conserve and enhance the quality of Wyoming’s environment for the benefit of current and future generations. DEQ’s primary concerns with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are about EPA’s legal authority to promulgate this rule and DEQ’s practical ability to implement it.
The department is aware that the United States Supreme Court has recently stayed the Clean Power Plan. DEQ continues to review and analyze future actions as litigation continues.
The agency will take advantage of this decision to focus staff resources and time towards the essential duties that protect Wyoming’s environment and human health.
Teton County Engineering will be presenting the “50% design” and Study Phase Report for the South Park Loop Connector Pathway project at the Board of County Commissioners meeting next Tuesday, February 16, at 9:00 AM in the County Commission Chambers. The meeting will provide elected officials and the public the opportunity to review and comment on the preliminary alignment for the 1.9-mile pathway proposed along South Park Loop between 3 Creek Ranch and Melody Ranch.
Nelson Engineering, the consultant retained by Teton County to design the pathway, has completed the initial phase of project engineering and design, incorporating input and background work collected during the public outreach and initial planning phase conducted between October 2015 and January 2016.
The public outreach phase consisted of two public open houses and a workshop with the Board of County Commissioners in October and November 2015 where various alignment options and design alternatives and associated potential impacts were discussed. Building off the public outreach phase, the preliminary planning phase included investigation and inventory of site conditions such as wetland delineation, topographic survey, tree survey and assessment, and geotechnical investigation.
The civil design process started in earnest in early 2016 with the project design team field visit in January and development of the conceptual design through early February 2016. The information obtained during these preliminary phases was used to prepare a Study Phase Report and Plan Set which documents pathway alignment, corridor constraints, location and design of pathway crossings, possible utility conflicts, and impacts to trees.
The 50% design review at the February 16th BCC meeting will provide direction to staff and the project team to continue the design process with the intent of completing design by early April and starting construction in June 2016.
All project documents, including the Study Phase Report and Plan Set are available on the Teton County website at http://www.tetonwyo.org/pathwy/topics/3-creek-to-melody- ranch/253355/. A staff report for the February 16th BCC meeting will be available on the County website (www.tetonwyo.org) by Thursday, February 11th. The public is invited to submit comments on the 50% design to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to the Board of County Commissioners at email@example.com.
Project History and Description
The South Park Loop Pathway is the 10-mile loop that circles South Park along US Highway 89 and South Park Loop county road. It was identified in the 2007 Jackson/Teton County Pathways Master Plan as a top-10 priority project. In 2006, Teton County voters approved $947,000 in Specific Purpose Excise Tax funds towards construction of the South Park network. These funds were used to leverage federal grants and private funding to construct 2.2 miles of pathway as well as improvements at High School Road and the bridge over Flat Creek near Melody Ranch. The only uncompleted segment in the approved plan is the 1.9-mile stretch on the southwest corner of South Park Loop road between Melody Ranch and 3 Creek Ranch. Local voters approved $3.5 million SPET funding in 2014 for design and construction of this segment. Design work is planned for winter of 2015-2016, with construction planned for 2016.
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