Riverside Town Council talks deteriorating state highway, passes freight ordinance
August 14, 2019
The Riverside Town Council met at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Riverside Town Hall where all current council members were in attendance. Mayor Leroy Stephenson and Town Clerk/Treasurer Jan Cook were also present.
The agenda and minutes from the July 11 regularly scheduled meeting were approved.
Financials were gone over by Cook and the council approved paying the bills.
Stephenson told the council that, when he attended Carbon County Council of Governments in Dixon on July 17, there was a Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) presentation on upcoming projects (see CCCOG host WYDOT on front page of Aug. 7 edition of Saratoga Sun).
Stephenson had told WYDOT representatives that WY 230 was in need of repair sooner than the project slated in five years.
“It was a well attended meeting and the new officers were elected,” Stephenson said.”During the WYDOT presentation, I did ask them if they thought highway 230 was really going to last that long until they got to it.”
Council member Ed Golden said it was the worst road he had driven on in the state.
Helen Weiland, Riverside representative for South Central Wyoming EMS, said job descriptions were being composed for the two permanent full time EMT employees.
“There will be one in the south side for the Valley and one in the north side for Hanna, Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow,” Weiland said. “They will take over the station manager positions and make sure the garage is clean and the rigs are checked.”
Cook said every thing was ready for the Riverside Party Day on Aug. 17. She said the event started at 4 p.m. and would last until 8 p.m. The Denver area band High Plains Tradition will be making their third appearance for the party.
Stephenson commented that Gonzales Tree Service were doing an excellent job on getting the park ready.
“Sewers, we are having a problem with one of the pumps in the lift station right now,” Stephenson said. “We are hoping to get it fixed this weekend.”
The mayor announced back waste operator employee Hunter Buck had been let go. Buck could not get certified in the time frame allotted.
Council member Fred Lorenz said the new grader was satisfactory. The town will ask for the invoice.
The council approved Mark Rauterkus, owner of the Rocking R, a permit for developing the street of Carbon and his building that will be on block 31 and block 23.
Lee Ann Stephenson from the Sierra Madre Joint Powers Board said the budget had been approved on its third and final reading.
Weiland said the mosquitos have not been a problem this summer. She said the granules to control the pests was working. Weiland said she had one more treatment before the summer ends.
Town lawyer, Tom Thompson, had written a letter to a resident about some dogs that were creating complaints. Thompson is looking into what ordinance might have to be generated to address the complaints concerning the dogs.
The amendment to Ordinance 189 on zoning regulations concerning intermodal freight containers was approved in its third and final reading.
Stephenson said all renovations to the old town hall had been completed.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Riverside Town Hall.