Council sets street dance location

PINEDALE – The Pinedale Town Council revisited street closures in preparation for the annual Green River Rendezvous Days during a brief May 9 meeting with Tyler Swafford presiding as Mayor Pro Tempore.

Councilmembers approved a request by Main Street Pinedale to close North Maybell Avenue from Pine Street to Magnolia Street for the street dance on July 9.

At its April 25 meeting, the council tabled an agenda item closing North Maybell Avenue from July 7-10. On May 9, the council pared down the initial request to limit the street closure to the street dance. The times for the beard shaving on Sunday are still under discussion.

The council passed a second motion granting Main Street Pinedale the ability to temporarily waive town noise ordinances to conduct the street dance from 7 p.m. on July 9 to 1 a.m. Main Street Pinedale intends to use the additional hour requested beyond midnight to tear down the street dance and set up for the beard shaving, town staff stated.

Town attorney Ed Wood said the language in Main Street Pinedale’s permit request regarding the time for the street dance was “sufficient.”

Lila Golden, owner of the Cowboy Bar, spoke during the May 9 meeting to repeat a request made on April 25 to move the street dance and beard shaving to South Maybell Avenue to boost business along the south side of Pine Street. Golden visited with property owners on Pine Street and told the council “all businesses” on the south side supported relocating the site of the street dance and beard shaving.

Main Street Pinedale organized the street dance, Swafford replied, and plans to host the event on North Maybell Avenue were already in motion.

Golden asked whether the town would consider requests to transfer the dance and beard shaving to South Maybell in 2023. Swafford responded “absolutely,” and said postponing the move to next year would give the town ample time to discuss the proposal with Main Street Pinedale and other stakeholders.

In a bid to encourage more foot traffic on the southern and western portion of Pine Street during Rendezvous, town staff recommended a request by Main Street Pinedale to stage additional vendors at the site of the old town hall on 210 West Pine St. Councilmembers approved the motion unanimously.

The council also gave the green light to a temporary use permit from Dale Bollman to operate Trader’s Row on the town’s right-of-way from Mill Street south for July 3-11.

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Councilmembers unanimously adopted a motion accepting the scope of work submitted by T-O Engineers for the Pinedale Airport Master Plan.

Abram Pearce, director of public works, emphasized the motion was only to approve the scope of work, not the broader master plan. The scope of work gave engineers direction to proceed with obtaining quotes and defined parameters of the project, Pearce said.

The scope of work must pass review by the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Authority, Pearce added. T-O developed the scope based on input from stakeholders at a public meeting in April, he said.

Drafting the final master plan is a multi-step process that will involve numerous public meetings, Pearce told the council.

Ordinance 700, removing rental restrictions on accessory dwelling units in R-4 zoning districts, passed on third and final reading. The ordinance aligns town code on ADUs across each zone.


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