The Riverside town council met Wednesday and the first order of business was to approve the retail liquor license for Parker Investment, LLC, to open the Mangy Moose before going onto other items on the agenda. Mayor Leroy Stephenson was not present at the meeting.
Matt Parker and his wife, Tracy, were in attendance to hear the ruling. The council approved the application in less than two minutes. In relation to the Mangy Moose, the town council approved two 24-hour permits for the dates June 16 and July 28.
After finances were reviewed and approved, Local resident Mary Martin requested the council proclaim March 19 as Lady Tiger Appreciation Day to recognize the Encampment Girls’ Basketball team winning the state championship. Martin asked the town to pay for paper plates and napkins as a contribution to the party being given on that day for the team. The council approved both measures unanimously.
The council then discussed ways to improve the town park. The town continued to look at ways to get picnic tables according to Jan Cook, Riverside town clerk, who will keep the town apprised of developments.
Liz Swynarczuk went over the prices she found when looking at different trash cans for dog waste in the park. The company Swynarczuk suggested was $150 less expensive and included mounting posts, trash can, two signs, and disposal bags. The council decided to have Cook find out if grant money would pay for this before making any further decisions.
Prices of trash cans were discussed when council member Katie Cheesbrough suggested oil drums be brought to the art department of the school for students to decorate. Swynarczuk, Fred Lorenz and Ed Golden seemed excited about this option.
Lorenz told the council he would attend the upcoming Carbon County Council of Governments meeting to get more info on a proposed special tax project. Cook told the council she had talked to Cindy Baldwin, Carbon County Treasurer, who relayed any project presented should be detailed with a clear budget.
The council then discussed sales taxes, which were down from last year. The report from Wyoming Association of Municipalities showed received taxes were down to 70 percent from six months prior. There was discussion about a bill passed in state legislature on sales tax and how it would affect the economy. The bill requires large retailers with no presence in the state–including online retailers–to collect sales tax on purchases delivered into Wyoming.
The next Riverside Town Council meeting will be 6 p.m., April 13 at town hall.