The Riverside Town Council met in regular session at 5:00 p, with Mayor Leroy Stephenson presiding. Council members present were Linda Brown and Lisa Lorenz. Also in attendance were Helen Weiland representing South Central WY EMSJPB, Lee Ann Stephenson representing Sierra Madre Joint Powers Board and Riverside Clerk/Treasurer Jana C. Cook. Councilmember Ed Golden arrived at 5:15 pm.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Stephenson led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.
MINUTES: The council read the minutes of the October 10, 2023 meeting. There was no discussion. Brown moved with Lorenz seconding to approve the minutes of the October 10, 2023 regular meeting. The motion passed.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT/BILLS: The council reviewed the financial statement and the unpaid bills report. Lorenz moved with Brown seconding to approve the financial statement and pay bills in the amount of $14,524.62. The motion passed. This amount includes a Specific Purpose Tax requisition request in the amount of $2,506.52.]
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: The clerk told the council Peggy Huntley called to say she would not be attending the meeting. She said Peggy has nothing to report.
CCCOG: No report.
SOUTH CENTRAL WY EMSJPB: Weiland told the council the new municipality MOU should be to the towns shortly. She said ambulance runs are down, so revenue is down. She said the board is looking at used ambulances to buy, new ambulances will not be available until the end of the year 2024.
PARKS: Weiland said the bathrooms at Rick Martin Memorial Park have been winterized and the flag has been taken down.
SEWER: Mayor Stephenson said they will start discharging on December 1, 2023. He siad he is waiting to hear from the state how many e-coli samples will need to be collected and taken to Laramie.
STREETS: Ask permission to remove the Harrington fence for snow removal: Lorenz asked the clerk if she had a telephone number for the Harringtons. The clerk said she did not. Mayor Stephenson suggested she ask former council member Fred Lorenz for the number.
SIERRA MADRE JOINT POWERS BOARD: Lee Ann Stephenson told the council the water project has been completed. Board members are finishing the inside of the storage building at the well site. She said there will be a water line survey coming with the monthly water bills. This survey is to determine which type of line private property owners have.
SPECIFIC PURPOSE TAX: Ratify Requisition # 26 in the amount of $417,381.64 and approve Requisition # 27: The clerk told the council Requisition # 27 in the amount of $2,506.52 had been approved in the unpaid bills report. Requisition # 26 in the amount of $417,316.84 was ratified by telephone in October. Lorenz moved with Brown seconding to approve Requisition # 26. The motion passed. The check from US Bank for the $417,316.84 has been deposited in the BMO general fund account with a 7day hold. The funds will be available to disperse on November 15, 2023.
MOSQUITO: No report.
90 DAYS DELINQUENT: There are no delinquent accounts.
ZONING/BUILDING: Rocking R Storage: Rocking R Storage (Mark and Karen Rauterkus) resubmitted the updated application for a storage building. They asked for approval of the application on the condition dirt work and grading not begin until March 1, 2024. This application has a map to scale-the size of the building and the location of the building has changed. At the October 10, 2023 meeting another application was tabled until the March 2024 regular meeting. Department head Golden said the application looked "okay" and recommended approving the application. Lorenz moved with Brown seconding to approve the building permit application from Rocking R Storage with work to begin March 1, 2024. The motion passed.
Lawson Fence Permit: The council reviewed an application from Joe Lawson requesting permission to replace an existing fence south of his house running along 2nd Street and to build a fence along 3rd Street. Mr. Lawson would like to pasture some cattle in the spring and summer to help keep weeds and grass down. Brown moved with Lorenz seconding to approve the fence permit. The motion passed.
ACTION ITEMS: There were no action items.
ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA: The clerk told the council they have been invited to "Under the Big Top" at the Encampment Opera House on November 16, 2023. The annual meeting and social of the Platte Valley Arts Council will include the presentation of the 2023 Hay Bale Sculpture award.
Valley Village Childcare: Council read a letter from Director Ryta Sondergard.
PUBLIC HEARING: Ordinance # 229 Budget Amendment: Mayor Stephenson opened the public hearing at %32 pm. He asked for questions or comments about the budget amendment. There were none. Mayor Stephenson adjourned the public hearing at 5:35 pm.
Replacement for Tom Thompson: Mayor Stephenson said Council member Brown has suggested speaking with Kylie Waldrop to see if she was interested in the position. Stephenson said he spoke to her and said the position is an "as needed" one-she does not have to attend each meeting. Brown moved with Lorenz seconding to appoint Kylie Waldrop as Riverside Town Attorney. The motion passed.
Possible depository change: The clerk asked that this item be removed from the agenda. BMO changed the names of the two accounts so there will be no large fees charged and the bank refunded the previous charges.
Ordinance # 229 Budget Amendment-3rd and final reading: Lorenz moved with Golden seconding to approve Ordinance # 229 Budget Amendment on 3rd and final reading. The motion passed.
Speeders through town: Brown had copies of the letter she is encouraging people to send to state officials expressing concerning about speeders through town on Highway 230. Mayor Stephenson said he has spoken to Carbon County Sheriff Alex Bakken and likes the idea of a contract with the sheriff's office for a certain number of enforcement hours each month. He said the details of the MOU with Hanna were not in the October minutes-the clerk said the MOU with Hanna is $5,000.00 per month for 60 hours of coverage. There was discussion with the coucil agreeing approximately 16 hours will be sufficient in Riverside. The hours would be varied so no one would know the schedule. No action was taken with more discussion planned for the December council meeting. Stephenson said he would look into an updated radar sign.
NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.
With no other business being brought before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 5:57 pm.
Jana C. Cook ___________________________
Edward Golden, Mayor Pro Temp
Approved: December 14, 2023.
Jana C. Cook
The next regular meeting of the Riverside Town Council will be December 14, 2023 at 5:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall.