Town of Riverside
January 12, 2023
The regular meeting of the Riverside Town Council was called to order at 5:00 pm by Mayor-elect Leroy Stephenson. Council member present was Mark Helwick. Also in attendance were Councilmembers-elect Fred Lorenz and Ed Golden, Virginia Parker representing the Saratoga Sun, Sandy Martin representing Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Helen Weiland representing South Central Wyoming EMSJPB, and Riverside Clerk/Treasurer Jana C. Cook.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mr. Stephenson led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.
ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE-Leroy Stephenson. The clerk administered the Oath of Office to Leroy Stephenson and welcomed him to the council.
ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE-Fred Lorenz, Ed Golden: Mayor Stephenson administered the Oath of Office to Lorenz and Golden and welcomed them to the council.
MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS: Mayor Stephenson made the following appointments: Mayor Pro temp- Ed Golden; Streets-Fred Lorenz; Zoning, Building-Ed Golden; Parks-Mark Helwick; Riverside attorney-Tom Thompson; Riverside clerk/treasurer-Jana C. Cook.
MINUTES: December 8, 2022 Regular Meeting: Lorenz said he would like to see the months for the meeting time change in the resolution report. The minutes will now read “winter months of November through March the meeting time will be 5:00 pm. Summer months of April through October the meeting time will be 6:00 pm.” Golden moved with Helwick seconding to approve the minutes with the change. The motion passed.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT/BILLS: The council reviewed the unpaid bills report and looked at the financial statement for December 2022. There was discussion about the lack of impact funds from the Chokecherry wind farm project. Lorenz moved with Golden seconding to approve the financial statement and pay bills in the amount of $18,024.95. This amount includes a Specific Purpose Tax requisition request in the amount of $2,310.34. The motion passed.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:
Sandy Martin: Mrs. Martin came before the council to report on the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation. She also told the council the 2023 Winter Carnival will be January 27-28, 2023. Mayor Stephenson thanked her for her report.
CCCOG: No report.
SOUTH CENTRAL WY EMSJPB: 10/17/ 2022; 11/7/2022/ 11/21/2022 Minutes: Weiland told the council the service lost a first responder in December. She said there are new volunteers and new employees. She said the service received a large amount of retention money, and it was used to give anyone who had direct contact with patients a bonus. There will not be bonuses at the end of the fiscal year because that budgeted money was used to pay the payroll taxes on the retention money. SCWEMSJB has received a grant for the station in Hanna.
PARKS: New Rest Rooms; Mayor Stephenson told the council the pre bid meeting for the restroom project was this morning, but no one attended. One bid has been received with the bid deadline being February 9, 2023.
Riverside Party Day 2023? The clerk asked the council if another party should be scheduled on August 19, 2023. The council all agreed to have another party. The clerk asked Mayor Stephenson to ask Lee Ann Stephenson to contact High Plains Tradition to play for one more year. She said she would like to raise the amount the town paid from $1,500 to $2,000.00 Helwick moved with Golden seconding to approve the increase. The motion passed. The clerk said if High Plains Tradition is unable to play, she will need help finding music.
SEWER: Mayor Stephenson told the council Dave Cogswell passed his certification test.
STREETS: Plowed snow blocking driveways: Helwick told the council of the problem of getting out of private driveways after clearing the streets. He said he would like the town to look at a program to help with this. There was discussion about what the town could do. Lorenz said if the town helps one, we would have to help everyone. He also said there would be a possible liability issue when plowing on private property. Council brought up the names of people with skid steers who would possibly clear driveways. The names were Dean Webb, Cory Nuhn and Brad Heibig. Mayor Stephenson said he would write a letter and asked the clerk to add the names and mail to residents.
SIERRA MADRE JOINT POWERS BOARD: No report.
SPECIFIC PURPOSE TAX: Requisition #16: Council approved a requisition request in the amount of $2,310.34.
MOSQUITO: No report.
90 DAYS DELINQUENT: No report.
ZONING/BUILDING: Peggy Huntley-garden shed: Golden recommended any action on the application be postponed until the February meeting. He needs to see where the shed will be located.
ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA: The clerk told the council the 2023 federal per diem for mileage is 65.5 cents per mile.
GRAND ENCAMPMENT MUSEUM: The museum has requested an annual grant in the amount of $500.00 for utilities. It was decided to table any decision on the request until the February meeting.
PLATTE VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL: The council reviewed a pamphlet sent by the council. Mayor Stephenson called for a motion to continue as council patron. There was no such motion.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: There was no unfinished business.
2023 CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CONTEST: Initial discussion about a Riverside lighting contest began in 2021, but nothing was decided. This item will be on the February agenda, giving the clerk time to talk to Encampment Town Clerk Doreen Harvey about Encampment’s lighting contest rules.
2023 FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The council disclosed in writing they have no pecuniary benefit or financial interest in Bank of the West, WYOSTAR, or Wyoming Government Investment Fund. This is pursuant to W.S. 6-5-118(a).
With no further business being brought before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 6:21 pm.
Jana C. Cook _______________________
Leroy Stephenson, Mayor
Approved: February 9, 2023.
Jana C. Cook
The next regular meeting of the Riverside Town Council will be February 9, 2023 at 5:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall.