Town of Riverside
October 13, 2022
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 Fred Lorenz and Mark Helwick. Also present were Terry Apel, Helen Weiland representing South Central WY EMSJPB, Leslie Jefferson, Megan McComas, Mary Godrey, Judi Eng all representing Carbon County Visitors’ Council, Tausha Pate, Virginia Parker representing Saratoga Sun and Riverside Clerk/Treasurer Jana C. Cook.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Stephenson led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.
MINUTES: September 8, 2022 Regular Meeting: Helwick moved with Lorenz seconding to approve the minutes of the September 8, 2022 regular meeting as presented. The motion passed.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT/BILLS: Lorenz moved with Helwick seconding to approve the financial statement and pay bills in the amount of $218,786.46. The motion passed. This amount includes a Specific Purpose Tax requisition request in the amount of $201,367.20.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:
Leslie Jefferson-Carbon County Visitors’ Council: Jefferson spoke of the activities of the visitors’ council and said the mission statement is to market and promote Carbon County as a destination of choice and diversity for those in search of quality year-round activities. She spoke of the 2% lodging tax that has been in effect since 1987. This tax is collected on any over night stay. Jefferson said CCVC supported 44 events through 33 organizations throughout the county and distributed approximately $200,000 through grants and distributions last year. She said tourism brought in 14.1 million dollars to Carbon County. The 2 % lodging tax is on the November 8, 2022 ballot.
CCCOG: No report.
SOUTH CENTRAL WY EMSJPB: Weiland reported a CPR class is planned soon. All files are now in the ambulance barn in Saratoga. Work continues on the inside of the new Saratoga addition.
PARKS: New Restrooms: Mayor Stephenson reported the new basketball backboards have been installed. The new benches have been assembled and will be set soon. Stephenson gave councilmembers a preliminary request for bids packet for the new restrooms. He asked the council to review the packet and there will be discussion at the November meeting. Helwick complimented park employees for the condition of the park and the colors of the new benches. He encouraged everyone to walk through the park and see how pretty it is.
SEWER: Ratify Salary Changes: Mayor Stephenson told the council Katrina Nuhn has agreed to work a few days when needed and he proposed paying Nuhn $50.00 per hour when she works. Nuhn is a certified operator. He also proposed paying Dave Cogswell $30.00 per hour until he is certified. Helwick moved with Lorenz seconding to approve the recommended salaries. The motion passed.
STREETS: Snow Removal Bids: Two bids were received for snow removal. Platte Valley Forest Management proposed: Grader $135.00 hourly; Skid Steer $85.00 hourly; Front End Loader $100.00 hourly. Dean Webb proposed: Cat Skid Steer, Snow Pusher Attachment, Angel Blad Attachment and Snow Blower if needed all for $90.00 per hour. There was discussion about the kind of equipment each operator had and how it would clear the streets. Lorenz moved with Helwick seconding to accept the bid from Platte Valley Forest Management. The motion passed.
SIERRA MADRE JOINT POWERS BOARD: Lee Ann Stephenson reported the new building at the well site probably won’t be constructed until spring.
SPECIFIC PURPOSE TAX: Requisition # 13: The council approved a specific purpose requisition request in the amount of $201,367.20.
MOSQUITO: No report.
90 Days Delinquent: No report.
ZONING/BUILDING: Shawn and Linda Brown: Council reviewed new drawings submitted by Mr. Brown. Lorenz questioned the location of the propane tank. After discussion Lorenz moved with Helwick seconding to approve the permit. The motion passed.
ACTION ITEMS: There were no action items.
ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA: There were two additions to the agenda. Mayor Stephenson called an executive session at the end of the regular meeting to discuss a personnel matter. The clerk wanted the council to be aware of a proposed zone change request from Agriculture, Ranching and Mining to Residential to create the Vacher Minor Subdivision. This is located approximately ½ mile south of Highway 230 on the west side of Blackhall Road. The clerk said she had emailed the information to the council earlier in the week. Comments will be accepted until October 24, 2022. The clerk reminded the council of the Special Meeting October 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall.
The Runaway Lunch Box: The council read letter from Michelle Wolfard, introducing them to her food trailer in Saratoga. She is available for special events.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: There was no unfinished business.
NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.
This portion of the regular meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm. Mayor Stephenson requested an executive session at 6:59 pm.
Mayor Stephenson reconvened the regular meeting at 7:02 pm. He stated for the record no business was conducted during the executive session.
Helwick moved with Lorenz seconding to hire Tausha Pate as waste water operator in training to be paid $30.00 per hour when working. The motion passed.
With no other business being brought before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm.
Jana C. Cook _______________________
Leroy Stephenson, Mayor
Approved: November 10, 2022.
Jana C. Cook
The next regular meeting of the Riverside Town Council will be November 10, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Riverside Town Hall.