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A fluid discussion

Hanna Town Council talks water projects


March 17, 2021

The Hanna Town Council met on March 9 at the Hanna Town Hall. It was attended by council members Jason Nordquist, Sammy Sikes and William Dys. Council member Tracy Fowler was absent. Mayor Lois Buchanan was present.

Buchanan reported the High Country Joint Powers Board (HCJPB) was taking bids for the monitoring of the Hanna landfill. She said the HCJPB had sold the landfill loader and bulldozer to the town for $10,000.

Public works director Larry Korkow said that a snow fence needed to be constructed near the water treatment plant because the fire swept ground was depositing snow and dirt nearby, making the water purification process more difficult. The town is waiting for a grant, but Korkow said a temporary fence might have to go up if the grant took some time to go through.

He said that the dumpsters were getting abused with residents putting in trash that should have been deposited at the landfill. Buchanan said she was looking at putting cameras up.

Kassey Westering, Northfork Engineering, said the Old Town water system rehab project was at a 90 percent completion level.

“We will move forward on working to tie up all the loose ends and making our final changes,” Westering said. “The other thing we are working on is our designing part which we will be submitting to DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) with our permitted construct.”

She said there was a lot going on in the project. Westering said advertising for the project will start March 24 and continue advertising for three weeks. Interested contractors will meet at 1 p.m. on April 13. The opening for bids will take place at 1 p.m. on April 22. In the May Hanna town council meeting contracts would be put forth. In the June Hanna town council meeting, the notice to proceed would be on the agenda.

“This is essentially the day that the contractor can start construction,” Westering said. “Construction would begin sometime around June 12. We would look at final completion to be somewhere near the beginning of October.”

Vivian Gonzales, Hanna parks and recreation director, said that bingo is still on the first and third Tuesday of the month. She said the Girl Scout Easter Egg hunt looked to be happening on April 3. She said that there were 20 kids enrolled in the junior Jazz skills and drills clinic that will go on through March and April. Gonzales said the Little Tykes Art Class was going well with half a dozen students showing up every Thursday. She said the Food Bank of the Rockies food truck will distribute food on March 12.

Pam Paulson, chairman of the Hanna Basin Museum, asked the town if would pay for part, or all, of the natural gas line for the Museum Cottage and the Victor Anderson Building. The council approved paying for the entire amount of the gas line. The museum has already paid for the heaters.

Carey Lake, Hanna representative for South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS), said the organization was still looking for a Valley supervisor. At the end of the meeting the council discussed Lake’s appointment. There had been a mistake by the council on when his term was up and that it could be over. Sikes said there were people interested in the position, but after discussion the council decided to keep Lake in his position.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on April 13 at the Hanna Town Hall.


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