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August 10, 2023 Regular Meeting

The Town of Riverside met in regular session at 6:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall with Mayor Leroy Stephenson presiding. Council members present were Linda Brown, Lisa Lorenz and Mark Helwick. Also present were Lee Ann Stephenson, Helen Weiland, Jacob Munson, Wyatt Craig, Jeff Harrington, Julie Harrington, Tausha Pate, and Mike Tommervik. Riverside Clerk/Treasurer Jana C. Cook was also in attendance.

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

MINUTES: Council read the minutes of the July 13, 2023 as presented. Lorenz moved with Brown seconding to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2023 meeting. The motion passed.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT/BILLS: The financial statement was reviewed as was the unpaid bills report. Lorenz moved with Brown seconding to approve the financial statement and pay bills in the amount of $30,855.92. The motion passed. This amount includes a Specific Purpose Tax requisition in the amount of $1001.65 and $13,000.00, the final park restroom payment to High Plains Foam Building.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Mayor Stephenson introducted Jacob Munson and Wyatt Craig representing Mother Mountain Anglers. They told the council there will be a PDGA sanctioned disk tournament on September 9, 2023 at Rick Martin Memorial Park.

Mike Tommervik told the council the first annual Born and Raised Wyoming Beef and Whiskey festival will be September 9, 2023 from 1:00-4:30 pm. He said this event will feature locally raised beef and Wyoming produced whiskey. Money raised will benefit local 4-H clubs and Mother Mountain Anglers. Tommervik also said the Carbon County Visitors' Council will meet at the Riverside Town Hall on August 16, 2023. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.


CCCOG: Helwick reported he attended the July meeting in Baggs. He said the meeting was very well attended, there were representatives from all Carbon County municipalities.

SOUTH CENTRAL WY EMSJPB: Weiland said Attorney Cathy MacPherson is working on the third amendment to the Joint Powers Board. Once finalized, the amendment will be sent to all governing bodies for approval. The May 20, 2023 open house in Encampment was well attended, but no applications were received. A basic EMT class will begin August 28, 2023.

PARKS: The clerk reminded the council about Riverside Party Day. Weiland told the council the new park restrooms are open. Lorenz said there were no soap dispensers in the rooms. Weiland said she did not want to put soap in the rooms because of possible vandalism. Lorenz said OSHA will require soap or hand sanitizer. Mayor Stephenson said he would look into it.

SEWER: Mayor Stephenson said each time the town discharges, 5 e coli samples have to be taken to the state lab in Laramie. He said the samples are time sensitive and have to go immediately. Stephenson said he has applied for a change in the permit-if the change is approved 2 samples will be required. Lorenz asked if the lagoon discharge problem has been solved-Stephenson said the sewer operators are not sure if there is an ongoing problem or a high ground water issue.

STREETS: Mayor Stephenson appointed Lisa Lorenz to head the streets department. She said she noticed some culverts were damaged last winter. She said there are culverts that need to be cleaned out. She also asked if there was a way the culverts could be marked for the snow plow this upcoming winter.

SIERRA MADRE JOINT POWERS BOARD: The clerk said copies of the July 2023 meeting electronically to all council members. There was no discussion.

SPECIFIC PURPOSE TAX: Requisition #23. Council approved the payment of $1,001.65 when the unpaid bills were approved.

MOSQUITO: There was discussion about how the fogging has gone this summer. The clerk said the Town of Encampment makes the decision when to stop.

90 DAYS DELINQUENT: The clerk said there were no delinquent accounts.


ACTION ITEMS: There were no action items.

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


Tom Thompson: Long time Riverside Attorney Tom Thompson sent a letter informing the council of his retirement from private practice effective November 1, 2023. He sent names of attorneys that may be able to assist the town. There was discussion but no action was taken.

HARRINGTON FAMILY: Jeff and Julie Harrington and their daughter Tausha Patke came before the council to request an amendment to the zoning at 305 2nd Street. The Harrington family is proposing to use their property to enable disabled military veterans to experience the outdoors. Those in the program would stay in tents, yurts and other temporary structures. There was a lengthy discussion with the council expressing concern about restroom facilities, infrastructure, and parking. Lorenz said she would like to see a site plan and the rest of the council agreed. No action was taken on the proposal. Mayor Stephenson called for a public hearing on August 29, 2023 at 6:00 pm to discuss the matter.

CCEDE: The council received invitations to the "Guns and Roses" fundraiser on October 6, 2023 at the Platte Valley Community Center.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: There was no unfinished business.


Ordinance #229-Budget Amendment: Mayor Stephenson explained the budget amendment is necessary because the final payment of $13,000.00 to High Plains Foam Building for the park restrooms is being paid in the new fiscal year. The amended amount for expenditures at Rick Martin Memorial Park is now $18,000.00 with total expenditures for the Town of Riverside is now $688,344.00. Helwick moved with Lorenz seconding to approve the budget amendment on first reading. The motion passed.

WY Department of Audit Public Officer Training-August 23, 2023: This training is mandatory for all public officers as stated in Wyoming State Statute 9-1-510. The clerk and members of the town council are planning to attend virtually.

Gratuity for Saratoga Sandwich Company: The clerk told the council a gratuity was not discussed when the food payment was approved. Lorenz moved with Brown seconding to approve a gratuity of $125.00. The motion passed.

With no other business being brought before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm.

Jana C. Cook Leroy Stephenson, Mayor

Approved: September 14, 2023.


Jana C. Cook

A public hearing to discuss the Harrington proposal will be August 29, 2023 at 6:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall.

The next regular meeting of the Riverside Town Council will be September 14, 2023 at 6:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall.

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