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
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
• 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