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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

Next Step in Communication

County Courts Seek Virtual 'Law Library'


March 30, 2022 | View PDF

About two years ago, Cheyenne County added technology necessary to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

The new technology allowed the county and district courts to continue remotely. Inmates or defendants could make an appearance for a court procedure by a secure Zoom type of conference, and likewise Judge Derek Weimer admitted he held court remotely from his home while recovering from COVID.

“Our court rooms are right where they need to be,” he said. “I would put our court up against any of them” in the state.

In the March 21 meeting of the Cheyenne County Commissioners, Judge Weimer addressed the commissioners about possibly going one more step in the electronic world and explore options for an electronic “law library.”

A law library would allow a defendant to research his case. The proposal is to design a secure access to a law research program. There would be no physical library and the designated computer would have limited access to the designated law library.

The commissioners agreed the court official should research the best program and how to design a secure access.

The commissioners also approved construction of a temporary batch plant for Werner Construction. The batch plant would be located just south of Dalton and service a road project on U.S. 385 later this summer.

The commissioners also approved an application from Rick W. Nelson for a subdivision on the South Potter Table Subdivision to be changed from Agricultural to Residential Estate.

The board also approved changes to the Cheyenne County LEPC Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan as discussed with Emergency Management Coordinator Ron Leal.

The board also approved a request by John Fahey, Cheyenne County KENO operator, for landline fees to operate KENO in the county. He said his brother who had operated the program for years recently died. John Fahey's daughter Kris will be taking over the program.

The board also approved a Special Designated Liquor License for the Sidney Shooting Park annual banquet, scheduled for April 23 at the fairgrounds.


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