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Hanna discusses mines, pool fix


The Hanna Town Council met Tuesday to hear from Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Abandoned Mine Land Division (AML) how defunct mines in and around town limits are being checked for mine subsidence, and to approve $3,500 for fixing the serious leak in the Hanna Recreation Center’s pool.

Councilmembers Bob Patton and Tracy Fowler were not in attendance.

The council went over reports and financials quickly because there were several companies with representatives wanting to give information to the town.

Melissa Bautz, project manager for DEQ’s AML division, explained the Wyoming Mine Subsidence Insurance program available to homeowners affected by possible sinkholes or through subsidence, a depression caused by mining activity.

Bautz introduced Sean Sunderland, Senior Project Geologist at Brierley Associates, who presented a slideshow about subsidence around Hanna. DEQ has contracted Brierley Associates to work on the areas around Hanna and Glenrock.

Kenneth Wilbert from Wilbert Engineering, also used the slides to point out possible construction areas.

Kye Kreusel, project manager from civil engineering firm Keller Associates, introduced himself and his company for future project consideration.

Krista Jo Mann, Director of Renewable Development from Chicago-based Invenergy, was the last guest. She said her company was looking to put in wind turbines between Hanna and Medicine Bow. Ecola Flatts are projected to produce 250 megawatts and TB Flatts would produce 500 megawatts.

After the guests presented, the council went to new business. Hanna will continue to have three bars serving alcohol. Dingy Dan’s, Poulos’ Nugget Bar and Skinny’s Beer Garden were granted approval for liquor licenses for 2017-2018.

W. Michael Armstrong was approved to replace Vivian Gonzales who recently resigned from the Carbon County Visitors Vouncil.

Gonzales, recreation and parks director, told the council of a leaking water circulating pipe that was flooding the pool pump room and getting worse. The pool has been closed since May 5 and cannot be opened until the problem is remedied. The council approved $3,500 to get the work done quickly as possible.

“It got real big real fast,” said Gonzales.

Serious damage could happen if not corrected says Gonzales. After the approval, Gonzales said she hopes to have the pool reopened in three weeks.

The next scheduled Hanna Town Council meeting is 6 p.m. June 6 at the Hanna Town Hall.


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