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Mining trash

Hanna Town Council talks AML work, temporary closure of landfill


Mike Armstrong

The Hanna Elementary School is the scene for much of the current work being done by AML.

The Hanna Town Council had its meeting a little after 6 p.m. on May 12 at the Hanna Town Hall.

Prior to the meeting, a public hearing was held for the renewal of liquor licenses for the 2020-2021 year.

The were few people in the audience and no person had any comment.

The meeting was attended by council members Bob Patton, Sammy Sikes and Linda Schisel, who called in. Council member Tracy Fowler was absent. Mayor Lois Buchanan was present as were town clerk Ann Calvert and town treasure Pam Paulson.

The total population in the room was eight and all were separated by at least six feet.

After the public hearing was over, the council meeting started at 6:04 p.m.

The agenda and minutes from the March 10 regularly scheduled meeting and the April 27 special meeting were approved in a timely manner.

Buchanan said many of the board reports would be sparse as many of the boards had not been able to meet in the past month.

Patton said he had not heard anything from the Carbon County Council of Governments in recent times.

High Country Joint Powers Board (HCJPB) representative for the town, Patton said there had been a meeting on May 8 where the board discussed the dire straits of the Hanna landfill (See "Hanna Landfill Closes" on page 5 of the May 13 edition of Saratoga Sun) .

"There were a lot of problems that we had to address at the meeting," Patton said. "The guys who have been running it had to be let go and we decided that in executive session."

Calvert said the workers were getting their last paychecks on May 13.

"Its a mess," Patton said. "It is possible we may have to lease equipment because our own equipment is having problems."

Calvert, who is bookkeeper for the HCJPB, said the landfill potentially will have to buy dirt and bring it in to properly get the landfill back in order.

"It was supposed to be covered every day," Patton said. "And there were too many times I would go and it was not covered."

"It can only be 18 inches of trash to six inches of dirt," Calvert said. "The most waste you can have is 18 inches. DEQ would prefer it to be closer to 12 inches, but 18 is the max. The six inches is the minimum for dirt."

Patton said the work might require a contractor.

"The scary thing about using a contractor is that I have heard that will cost $50,000," Buchanan said.

Patton said he saw water coming from the dump running down the road.

"That is from the onions and other vegetables from the train wreck," Calvert said. "Because when they brought the debris in the middle of winter, a lot the produce was frozen. Now it is melting and that is why the smell is putrid and another reason we had to shut down."

Patton said it was going to be a difficult project to get the landfill ready for its closure in July.

"We also competing for workers in a job market that has a lot of openings in the wind projects".

Paulson said the landfill bill for residents could go up by about $20 per month once the landfill was closed and trash was hauled to Laramie.

The landfill will have roll-offs to accommodate the trash in Hanna.

Calvert said bids for the dumpsters to be put through the town will start on Thursday.

Buchanan read the public works report. She said the water works project scheduled for this summer had been put on hold until next summer. Buchanan said AML (Abandoned Mine Land ) was in town filling in abandoned mines with grout. She said the current work was being done by the Hanna Elementary School. Buchanan said that public works hoped the road that was built by AML near the school to handle the heavy equipment would stay because it would help the school busses have easier access when picking up students.

She reported the water treatment plant was still running three days a week, delivering 3.2 million gallons of water. That was the same figure seen in March. She said as the weather got warmer, water usage would increase.

The Hanna Marshall had a personal emergency and could not be at the meeting. There was no report available.

The report on the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (See "Going mobile in distribution at Hanna" on page 15 of the May 13 Saratoga Sun) was that it was successful and that it fed many families in Carbon County. The mobile distribution will be the model for the near future.

Donna Pipher housing board member, said that all units were filled.

Paulson, a Hanna Basin Museum board member, said that it was hoped that the museum would open by Memorial Day weekend.

Paulson, the Hanna representative for the Specific Purpose Tax 2019, said that at the meeting, they were told that everything seemed to be on track for selling the bonds.

"They are really keeping an eye on the bond market," Paulson said. "Right now the bonds are at three percent, a year ago they were at four percent, so they are still good. If it goes up to six percent or more, then we have two options. One is to just walk away for a year, the other is for a town to reduce its projects, so it has less debt to acquire."

After the board and department reports were approved, the financials were presented. The council approved paying the bills totaling $22,749.56.

Old business had the third reading of Ordinance 387 approved by the council after Buchanan read it aloud. The ordinance designated the amount of general tax to be assessed, levied and collected for the fiscal year 2020-2021 on all taxable real and personal property within the town of Hanna.

Under new business the first act was to approve the liquor licenses for Nugget Bar, Skinny's Beer Garden and the New Dingy Dan's.

The council approved Resolution 2020-521 adopting the Wyoming closure policy and closures until May 15, 2020.

Similarly, the council approved Resolution 2020-522 adopting Carbon County Public Health Order 2020-2.

Next the council approved Resolution 2020-524, a resolution to approve a new Memorandum of Understand (MOU) between the Carbon Board of County Commissioners, Carbon County, the Carbon County Sheriff and the Town of Hanna.

Donna Pipher was approved to serve on the Hanna Cemetery Board.

Also concerning the cemetery, Paulson said there were plots that families have contributed money for upkeep. Buchanan said she would talk to public works about getting some summer help hired.

The council decided that the Town of Hanna public buildings would stay the same hours until June 1. The Hanna Recreation Center will stay closed until June 1. The council decided it would decide on the hours at a special meeting held later in the month.

Calvert said she was having trouble getting sanitizer ordered for the stations needed for openings.

The council approved a special use permit submitted by Terri and David Vaughn for 207 North Adams Street for RV parking.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 6 p.m. on June 9 at the Hanna Town Hall.


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