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Business as usual

Hanna Town Council hears reports from boards and commissions, passes resolution for rec. center


September 18, 2019

The Hanna Town Council met at 6 p.m on Sept. 10 at the Hanna Town Hall. It was business as usual as the council quickly approved the agenda for the evening and the minutes from the Aug. 13 regularly scheduled meeting.

Mayor Lois Buchanan, Councilmembers Sammy Sikes, Bob Patton and Tracy Fowler were in attendance. Councilmember Linda Schisel was absent.

The report from public works indicated work was going well and the crew was getting ready for the change of weather. Water meters were being read without some of the glitches that had plagued the town the summer months prior.

Marshall Jeff Neimark told the council that an individual had been apprehended last month who had tried to break into a home. Not being able to get in, the suspect shot a bullet into the air. The individual was deemed to be on drugs.

“The door was locked to the home and the owner was not injured,” Neimark said. “This incident is a good reason for people to have their houses locked, even when they are inside.”

He pointed out Hanna was a safe community, but there was always a chance of something happening a resident didn’t expect. Neimark reported that the new deputy Marshall, Patricia Gonzales, was doing well at her post.

“She has a lot of experience on a lot of fronts,” Neimark said. “I think she will do fine here in Hanna.”

Neimark said he had been asked by Medicine Bow Town Council to be on the advisory committee on the hiring of law enforcement to be implemented in the near future.

Vivian Gonzales, Director of the Recreation Board, said the switch for the pool circulation system had been fixed.

“It does still run a little warm, but it always has,” V. Gonzales said. “But it is up and working.”

She said the Food of the Rockies food truck would be coming on Sept. 13. The food would be distributed from 10 a.m. until noon. Gonzales said the summer help was done and that she was looking at doing life guard instruction classes in Oct. 9. and a swim instruction class in December

The impact money for the hot tub had been received and Gonzales said the next step was to put an advertisement in the paper to start getting bids.

She said the Hanna Elementary School was donating five exercise books to the recreation center.

Buchanan said she was still looking for members to go on the Planning and Zoning Board.

“This really is important and I hope we get some candidates soon,” Buchanan said.

The Carbon County Visitor Council representative said the next meeting would be at “The Farm” at Brush Creek.

Bob Patton said the Carbon County Economic District Corporation would be losing their director.

The housing board report said, out of 17 units that needed to be redone, six were left to be finished. The Jade house had been rented.

The Museum Board representative said signage could be done by WYDOT on US 30 as long as ‘trailblazing signs” were in the town to indicate where the museum is located. There is a grand opening for the newest building on Sept. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The reports were approved as were the financials immediately afterwards.

Pam Paulson, treasurer for the town, told the council figures of impact money that had been received.

“From Ekola Flatts, which we got our first payment, we got $38,333,” Paulson said. “TB Flatts we have gotten $130,432 and Gateway West we’ve gotten $14,533.”

She said the auditors would be in at the end of the week and the state financial audit had to be completed by the end of the month.

The council approved the resignation of Lori Freytag from the cemetery board. Kimberly Connolly was approved to go on the cemetery board.

Resolution 2019-513, a resolution adopting a low income fee for the Hanna recreation center to be effective Sept. 11, was approved.

Ordinance 386 amending sections 13.04.050 (C) and 13.08.040 (C) of the Hanna Municipal Code to increase the rate of water tap fees and sewer tap fees was tabled until a workshop was put forth. This increase will be for new tap being installed. The suggested water tap fee will go from $1500 to $3000 and the suggested sewer tap fee will go from $750 to $1500.

The next scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Hanna Town Hall.


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