Dreaming big, TWR
Mountain Planning and Andrew Zook came
to the Pinedale Town Council last fall looking
for an opportunity to build a mountain bike
skills park at what is commonly referred to
as Burzlander Park.
They offered to use the local biking
club’s manpower for the work and donated
materials. At the time, the request was
referred back to Zook and TWR Mountain
Planning to identify liability insurance that
may be available though the bike club.
Zook submitted a letter from Sublette
Insurance confirming a rough annual cost of
$1,000 to $2,000 for a $1-million per incident
policy with a $2-million aggregate.
Pinedale Town Clerk Maureen Rudnick
advised the council that would leave the town
to purchase additional insurance to meet the
town’s $5-million limit.
She added that insurance only applies if
a licensed contractor installs the bike park
and does all the construction. The stipulation
rules out using the offered free manpower.
The initial request was to have bike club
members build the park and do all of the
installation beginning work this fall.
Rudnick said the additional insurance
could come at a cost of $40,000 a year.
Council member Dean Loftus said that
is a large expenditure for insurance and he
wants to see more of the plans for long-term
Council member Isaac Best, who was
seeing the plans for the first time as a council
member, said he was “intrigued” by the
proposal but he supported tabling the issue
until complete plans are revealed.
Action on the item was tabled to a later
In other actions:
• Teresa Sanders from the Pinedale
Preschool gave a presentation for contract
• A plat amendment for the Willow Island
Double Minor Subdivision was approved. The
Sublette County Board of Commissioners
had already approved the subdivision.
However, the property lies within 1 mile of
the town’s borders so the town also had to
approve the subdivision. The one condition
is that the property owners not impede on an
existing easement used for the town’s water
• The Council approved a grant request for
$32,476 funding from the Coronavirus Aid,
Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)
Act. Rudnick said the requests included
additional washing stations and personal
protective equipment for employees to stay
safe. Based on size, population and the
number of cases, the town qualifies for $1.4
million in funding. Mayor Matt Murdock said
like every community, the town is struggling
to find projects that meet the tight parameters
for the funding.
• A bid was accepted from Badger
Daylighting at $178.50 an hour to use a
vacuum truck to clean out storm drains.
Pearce said the town picks a few drains every
year on a rotation basis. The amount was
to not exceed $4,000. Bids from two other
companies came in at higher hourly rates.