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April 13, 2023 Regular Meeting

The Riverside Town Council met in regular session at 6:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall with Mayor Leroy Stephenson presiding. Council members present were Ed Golden and Mark Helwick. Also present were Wyatt Craig and Jacob Munson representing Mother Mountain Anglers; Virginia Parker representing the Saratoga Sun; Lee Ann Stephenson, Helen Weiland, Max Weiland and Riverside Clerk/Treasurer Jana C. Cook.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Stephenson led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES: Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve the minutes of the March 9, 2023 meeting as presented. There was no discussion and the motion passed.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT/BILLS: The council reviewed the March 2023 financial statement and the unpaid bills report. Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve the financial statement and pay bills in the amount of $20.312.09.The motion passed. This amount includes a Specific Purpose Tax requisition in the amount of $3,629.00


Mother Mountain Anglers: Wyatt Craig and Jacob Munson told the council the annual Tale of Two Cities disk golf tournament is set for June 10, 2023. They asked for permission to use Rick Martin Memorial Park and asked the Town of Riverside to sponsor a hole. Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve the sponsorship for $100.00. The motion passed. Mother Mountain Anglers will help with the spring park cleanup.


CCCOG: The council reviewed the 2023 remaining meeting schedule. The next meeting is set for May 17, 2023 in Encampment.

SOUTH CENTRAL WY EMSJPB: Council reviewed the minutes of the January 16, 2023 and February 20, 2023 meetings. Mayor Stephenson asked Helen Weiland about the ongoing problems with the Town of Hanna. Weiland said the board is working to solve the problems. She said the electricity has been installed in the addition to the Saratoga barn. There will be an open house at the Encampment ambulance barn on May 20, 2023.

PARKS: Helwick told the council the kids and dogs are back! There was a discussion about the restrooms, Weiland said she would work on getting the restrooms open by the disk golf tournament. Mayor Stephenson said the new restrooms have been staked out. Weiland also said Robert Dailey would like to work in the park again this summer. Mayor Stephenson said he called the Carbon County Sheriff about the abandoned vehicle at the river access.

SEWER: Stephenson said there were two One Call locates this past month. He also said waste water operators are finally able to get to the sewer lagoons and are now discharging.

STREETS: Council discussed the request from Riverside resident Peggy Huntley to install a street light at the intersection of Highway 70 and Copper Street. Mayor Stephenson said it would cost the town an additional $360.00 per year for the light. Golden said he hated to say "no" but the additional cost was prohibitive. Golden moved with Helwick seconding to not approve the request. The motion passed. With Councilman Lorenz not in attendance, Mayor Stephenson tabled the discussion of purchasing road base from John Anderson until the May meeting.

SIERRA MADRE JOINT POWERS BOARD: Lee Ann Stephenson said the water main rehabilitation project installed 4 new valves on First Street by the Riverside Garage. No leak was found on the Brown property. A leak was found behind the Bear Trap and Mangy Moose on Pat Allen's property.

SPECIFIC PURPOSE TAX: Council approved Requisition #19 in the amount of $3,629.00.

MOSQUITO: The Town of Encampment submitted a bid of $75.00 per hour for fogging mosquitoes. The clerk told the council this is the same rate as last year. Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve the bid. The motion passed.

90 DAYS DELINQUENT: The clerk said there is one delinquent account. She sent a letter requesting payment, but there has been no response.

ZONING/BUILDING: Huntley Permit: Golden said the garden shed will be constructed on the north side of the property with the front of the building facing 4th Street. He said the setbacks are okay and recommended approval of the permit. Helwick moved with Golden seconding to approve the building permit of Peggy Huntley for a gardening shed. The motion passed.

Jacobsen Permit: Golden said he reviewed the application and looked where the residential addition will be constructed. There is a ditch on the property, but it is a private ditch. He recommended approval of the permit. Helwick moved with Golden seconding to approve the Jacobsen permit. The motion passed.

ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA: There were no additions to the agenda.


Valley Village Childcare: The council read a letter from Valley Village Childcare announcing the acquisition of the Corbett building in Saratoga.

Carbon County: Council received an invitation to the Carbon County Courthouse Grand Reopening on May 12, 2023.

Carbon County Visitors Council: CCCVC notified Riverside council that Marilyn Godfrey's term expires on June 30, 2023. Ms. Godfrey is not eligible for a third three year term. Mayor Stephenson instructed the clerk to send Marilyn a thank you card.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: There was no unfinished business.


Child Abuse Awareness Month Proclamation: Mayor Stephenson read and signed the proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Riverside Ordinance #229-FY 2023-2024 Budget 1st Reading: The clerk told the council a majority of the numbers in this budget are preliminary and can be changed. Mayor Stephenson suggested changing the income amount for building permits and increasing the amount the town gives for fire protection. Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve Ordinance #229 on first reading with the suggested changes. The motion passed.

Resolution 2023-1 Flood Declaration: This resolution was written by Carbon County Office of Emergency Management and deals with the concern of the Encampment River flooding during spring runoff. Helwick spoke of the resolution, saying it is wise to be prepared because no one knows what is going to happen. Mayor Stephenson said this is not a flood event, this is a high water event and the river will be monitored when it starts to rise. He pointed out there has been extensive work done on the river since the last high water in 2011. Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve Mayor Stephenson signing the resolution. The motion passed.

MOU-Shared Emergency Equipment with Office of Emergency Management: Approval of the MOU was tabled until the May 2023 meeting because the MOU states the Town of Riverside owns a Skid Steer Loader. The town owns no equipment. The clerk will contact Lenny Layman and tell him why the MOU was not approved.

Power River Development Services-Cell Town Zoning Proposal: There was discussion about the proposed project and if there were any advantages for Riverside. Mayor Stephenson said the tower was for T-Mobile. Since a building permit has not been submitted, there was no further discussion.

Clerk's Vacation Request-May 15-18, 2023 & 1/2 day April 20, 2023: There was no discussion about the clerk's request. The town hall will be closed on those days.

Carbon County Commissioner Meeting-May 16, 2023: The Carbon County Commissioners will meet in Riverside on May 16, 2023 at 2:00 pm.

EXECUTIVE SESSION-PERSONNEL: Mayor Stephenson called an executive session at 7:30 pm. The executive session was adjourned at 7:35 pm. Mayor Stephenson stated for the record that no business was conducted during the session. Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve the hire of Bill Acord as part time backup waste water operator @$50.00 per hour when working. The motion passed.

With no other business being brought before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.

Jana C. Cook __________________________

Leroy Stephenson, Mayor


Jana C. Cook

Approved: May 11, 2023.

The next regular meeting of the Riverside Town Council will be May 11, 2023 at 6:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall.

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