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Departures leave Hanna officials unsure about ambulance response


February 21, 2018

The Hanna Town Council met at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 to go over business as usual and hear reports from the boards. Matt Cox, South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS) Hanna board member told the council that due to the departure of four EMS volunteers, the Hanna station was in danger of not being able to respond to all calls that come in.

“Since December we have lost four members from our SCWEMS,” Cox said. “So the concern I have is that we are having staffing issues.”

He said that at present, there were probably five or six active members left. Cox said this made it difficult to guarantee the Hanna station could cover all calls. He said at the meeting SCWEMS will be having at Elk Mountain on Tuesday, he expected the situation to be addressed. Cox said the chairman of the board, Jeb Steward, is putting forth a proposal about hiring a full time EMT.

“SCWEMS did start some classes in January and we started with 15 and now we are down to nine,” Cox said. “One of those lives in Hanna, so hopefully we will have one more.”

The town council listened to Kim Johnson from the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security who gave an update on the National Flood Insurance Program. He explained the current mapping project that will update flood insurance rate maps in Carbon County.

“This project was started in 2015 and I wanted to let you know where we are with the mapping of Carbon County and let you know we are updating the rates that haven’t been done since around the 1970s,” Johnson said. “Your community’s status is non-participant and I wanted to let you know your options.”

He said that although Hanna is not near a major water source, sometimes downpours can cause flooding. When a town is a non-participant, it is not possible for individuals to purchase federally-backed flood insurance .

Vivian Gonzales, Hanna Recreation Center Director, said that she was pursuing funding from the Carbon County School District no. 2 Recreation Board for the fiscal year 2018-2019. The council approved her request to go after the grants. She said that the leak that was in the pump room for the pool at the recreation center had been fixed and that bleachers from Rawlins had been received. The bleachers had been a donation from the Rawlins Outlaw stadium. Gonzales said the junior Utah Jazz sign up was coming to an end on Feb. 20. The council approved her request to use Antelope Valley Construction and HVAC to repair the recreation siding.

Ann Calvert, the town clerk, said that there were Hanna residents that had outstanding water bill accounts. Calvert said she had exhausted all means to have the residents try to make good on their bills. The council approved putting out lien notifications to the delinquent residents.

Karl Schueler, a landowner in Hanna, asked the council for help in getting marker locations in the town of Elmo so he could discern his property boundaries. Tony Poulos, the mayor, said the town would help him in any way possible to find the information.

The next scheduled meeting of the Hanna Town Council will be at 6 p.m. on March 13 at the Hanna Town Hall.


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