Town and conservation district plan for remodel

Airport manager announces December retirement

As renovations progress

on the future home for the Sublette County

Conservation District at 217 Country Club

Lane, the district requested a waiver of permit

fees and bond. The request was met by the

Pinedale Town Council members with concerns.

Michael Henn, general manager for the

district, appeared at the April 22 council

meeting requesting fees be waived to install

a 4-inch line for the building’s sprinkler and

fire suppression system. He also asked that the

$40,000 bond requirement be waived so the

agency can dig up the street and connect to

the town’s water main. Mayor Matt Murdock

and council members John Paravicini and

Tyler Swafford were in attendance. Council

member Dean Loftus had an excused absence.

Henn said he did not mind paying the

$100 tap fee to compensate the town’s staff

for needed inspections. However, he said the

bond would cost the district $1,200 in fees

that could never be recovered.

Paravicini said he trusts that the district

would be here long enough to take responsibility

if something went wrong. However, he

felt some type of memorandum of understanding

is needed to protect Pinedale residents.

Unfortunately, the town’s attorney who

would need to draw up the MOU was out of

town through the end of April.

Henn said the district plans to start right


Town Clerk Maureen Rudnick said the district

could deliver a $40,000 check that could

be kept in the town’s safe in lieu of a bond, or

until a memorandum of understanding could

be completed, and then construction would not

be delayed.

In other action:

• Airport Manager Jim Parker announced his

plan to retire in December. He asked the council

to start the hiring process so he could work with

his replacement for six months. The council

agreed to continue renting the home reserved

for the airport manager to Parker until summer

2020. Parker said he would make himself available

to help with paperwork or assisting with

equipment. The council also agreed to increase

the home’s rent for a future tenant to $1,500.

• The council agreed to have town staff assist

Pinedale Main Street by picking up filled

trash bags after the May 18 Community Clean

Up Day.

• The council waived a requirement for

Landon Call, who is building a home on lots

72 and 73 Trails Creek, so he can place a water

meter inside a closet in the garage. Call said the

closet helps prevent lines from freezing. Murdock

encouraged the town to look at its current

regulations to determine if there is a more efficient

method to protect meters.

• The council was informed the town is partnering

with Sublette BOCES to provide four internships

for high school students this summer.

Students work 60 hours in the summer and receive

a $500 scholarship, part paid by the town

and the remainder paid by Sublette BOCES.

• The town will hire three seasonal employees

for the summer to assist with park maintenance.

• The council approved a contract with Sunrise

Engineering, Inc., for fees not to exceed

$7,032, to design and engineer an 8-foot-wide

path along South Tyler Avenue as part of a

Transportation Alternative Program through the

Wyoming Department of Transportation. The

pathway includes two bridges.

• A contract was awarded to Flowright

Plumbing and Heating for $7,982 to correct

ventilation problems at the wastewater treatment

facility. The town has already spent more

than $5,000 in engineering costs to have the proposed

work approved as required by the Wyoming

Department of Environmental Quality.

• The council approved moving forward on

a three-year lease of the Wrangler Skate Park

from School District No. 1 at a cost of $1 per


• Concessions for the softball fields were

awarded to Phillip Vrska for $200.

• May was proclaimed Sarcoidosis Awareness

Month. The item was tabled at the previous

meeting, because April was already designated

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and council

members did not


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