Lake DeSmet Liability Questioned

Sheridan, WY – Questions still remain whether Campbell county has an obligation to maintain Lake DeSmet, despite pulling out of a joint operating agreement with Sheridan and Johnson counties. Sheridan County Commissioner Larry Durante says two issues remain regarding Campbell county's responsibility: the cost of daily upkeep of the lake and expenses for a major problem like a dam break. Durante says Campbell county still has an obligation to pay its share of outstanding debt and for any possible future damages. But Campbell County Commissioner Roy Edwards says his county has no more obligations and that its withdrawal relieves the county of any responsibilities.