Council member Jim Brost resigns

Pinedale Town Council Member Jim Brost tendered his resignation in person at the regular meeting on Feb. 25. Brost read a letter explaining his reasons to Mayor Matt Murdoch and council members Dean Loftus, Tyler Swafford and John Paravicini.

Brost stated that he came to his decision with a “heavy heart” and “great turmoil” and cited business-related travel and a desire to focus on a new job as the primary reasons. Brost was concerned that his job required him to miss council meetings, some of which he attended by phone, and he added that it is “not fair” to the community to have a “part-time councilman.”

Brost ran an unsuccessful race for mayor of Pinedale against Murdock and Swafford in spring 2018. In his letter of resignation, Brost said that had he been elected as mayor, he would have served out his full term.

Over months of service as a council member, Brost men- tioned that he has grown to “fully trust” Murdock as mayor, and believes Murdock is serving the best interests of the town.

“I will continue to be a voice for Pinedale,” Brost con- cluded. He encouraged community members to contact him with their concerns.

Brost’s resignation went into effect at the end of the coun- cil meeting on Feb. 25. Following Brost’s statements, the council passed a unanimous motion to advertise the vacancy and fill it by appointment. The motion established a March 18 deadline at 5 p.m. to submit applications to Pinedale Town Clerk Maureen Rudnick at the town offices.

The council will have a week to review applicants and will hold interviews at a workshop preceding its 6 p.m. council meeting on March 25. The workshop time is tentative and will depend on how many applications the council receives. Brost’s term expires in May 2020.

Murdoch expressed his gratitude for Brost’s service, add- ing, “I’m sorry to see you go.”

First readings

During the meeting, the council voted to approve four new ordinances on first reading. Each ordinance passed by a 5-0 vote, but they will have to go through two additional public readings by the council to go into effect.

Ordinance 647 amends the number of members on the Park and Tree Board to three voting and two non-voting positions. Ordinance 648 amends the municipal code to modify the filing date for election petitions. The ordinance is meant to shorten the filing period for elections to “not more than 45

days and no later than 32 days preceding the elections.” Ordinance 649 dissolves the Joint Powers Airport Board and creates a new airport board appointed by the mayor and approved by the council. The ordinance is intended to transfer

airport business to the town effective July 1.
The fourth ordinance, No. 650, grants a franchise agree-

ment with Qwest Corporation D/B/A CenturyLink to “oper- ate and maintain a telecommunications system” in Pinedale.

In other business, the council approved liquor licenses for Wind River Brewing Company’s microbrewery and retail establishment and Country Lane Liquors. The council also agreed to allow the Pinedale Fine Arts Council to host sum- mer concerts in the old town hall parking lot. The program is part of PFAC’s application for a Pacemaker Grant Challenge.

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