Members of the Sublette
County Rural Health Care District Board
formally asked the Pinedale Town Council
to sell its ball fields adjacent to the current
Pinedale Clinic for a proposed critical access
Council members agreed to move forward
getting assessments on possible replacement
sites, but cautiously refused to
make any commitments during the July 8
council meeting. Mayor Matt Murdock and
council members Judi Boyce, John Paravi-
cini, Tyler Swafford and Dean Loftus were
in attendance. Also in attendance were
Sublette County Rural Health Care District
Administrative Director Dave Doorn, board
Chairman Wendy Boman and board members
Bill Johnson and Mike Pompy. Sublette
County Commissioners Tom Noble
and Doug Vickrey were also in attendance.
Murdock said selling the ball fields is
the direction the council wants to go but the
plan is to negotiate to have “like or better
facilities.” The council also wants to move
quickly so the town doesn’t go a season
without ball fields.
Paravicini said he wanted to invest in the
future critical access hospital but he wanted
to weigh what is best for the citizens and not
let the community take a hit on the millions
already invested in the existing ball fields.
Swafford agreed, saying he wanted something
on paper. However, he agreed he felt
better committing the fields with the county
commission, Sublette Center and all three
communities on board. He added the town
has already committed $1 million and any
expense above that should be rolled into the
loan application to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to compensate Pinedale for the
Initially, an assessment estimated replacing
the existing facilities would cost $1.8
million. The council left $1 million in the
proposed 2019-2020 fiscal year budget for
the hospital project. It was decided that any
costs for site assessments would be paid out
of that $1 million and any costs above the
$1 million would be included in the loan
Doorn said the district didn’t need a commitment.
“Our goal is to just keep moving
forward. The ball fields are important to our
Loftus said he has done some research
and knows the facility will not be viable
without an operating room.
Doorn assured him the proposed facility
– still in the planning stages – will have an
Municipal Attorney Ed Wood said rather
than moving forward, a site assessment of
potential new fields should be authorized.
The council authorized staff to identify
potential locations with enough acreage,
including properties that have been offered
for an inexpensive lease by Sublette County
School District No. 1.
The council voted to distribute a request
for proposal identifying the sites and getting
estimates from companies willing to
complete site assessments to compare the
different options for environmental factors
such as wetlands and also proposed costs to
Paravicini said, “Ultimately we want to
get as much bang for our buck as possible.”
The council voted unanimously to identify
locations and prepare a request for proposal.
The council designated Murdock and
Paravicini to represent the town going forward
and requested the county commissioners,
the Sublette Center, health care board
and the towns of Marbleton and Big Piney
designate two representatives each to start
working out details.
Doorn said he would arrange that type of
Earlier in the evening, Marbleton’s Town
Council agreed to send a letter of support.
Mayor Jim Robinson said he had been to a
number of SC Rural Health Care District
board meetings over the years.
“I believe that it’s an integral part of this
process – county commissioners, RHCD
and the Sublette Center to come to an agreement.”
He asks “for this council to give a voice
of support” and noted how hard the people
on these volunteer boards have and are
working on county’s health care issues.
“It’s just good to get a letter of support,”
Council member Roger McMannis said,
“They need all the help they can get.”
Robinson referred to the proposed
“closed door” talks, and asked that anyone
participating report back to the council.
Sam Bixler said Marbleton has asked to
come and sit in, but he is unaware when the
meetings will be scheduled.
McMannis added, “Not that we’re trying
to hide anything.” He made the motion
to write the letter of support and council
member BJ Meador seconded the motion.
The motion passed, 4-1, with Robinson and
council members Jeff McCormick, McMannis
and Meador in favor. Council member
Mack Bradley was not present.