Town takes next steps on wastewater master plan

File photo by Cali O'Hare.

PINEDALE – The Pinedale Town Council entered into professional service agreements (PSA) for both the Transportation Master Plan and Pine Street-Highway 191 Pedestrian Safety Plan at its Aug. 8 meeting.

On Monday, Aug. 22, the council moved forward on Pinedale’s wastewater master plan, approving a PSA with a team of engineers led by Jorgensen Associates not to exceed $256,360.

Rio Verde Engineering, JVA Consulting Engineers in Colorado and Raftelis Consultants will partner under Jorgensen’s management to examine the town’s wastewater system and identify projects to keep Pinedale in compliance with state regulations, according to the PSA.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality recently implemented “complicated” standards related to the removal of certain rates of pollutants from wastewater and new regulations on ammonia levels, Mayor Matt Murdock explained.

Developing a wastewater master plan with Jorgensen and its team allows the town to plan ahead for the implementation of new state standards and to resolve any issues in the system that could place Pinedale in noncompliance, Murdock added.

Councilwoman Judi Boyce asked whether the town planned to pursue grants to fund the project as it had with the Transportation Master Plan and pedestrian safety project.

Jorgensen and Rio Verde were looking into various grants, Murdock replied. Potential federal dollars exist for some sewer projects, although the stormwater removal system remained the town’s fiscal responsibility, he added.

The mayor, two councilmembers and town staff formed a committee to go through the bids for the wastewater master plan professional services agreement.

Jorgensen and its partners submitted a “strong application,” Murdock told the council. Jorgensen “knows where everything is” related to the town’s wastewater system and JVA has worked on the town’s sewer pumps for a “very long time,” Murdock said.

In other town news, the council voted unanimously to appoint Boyce to the Pinedale Planning and Zoning Commission.

Councilmembers also approved a contract with Meat & More, LLC, to provide concessions at the Dudley Key Sports Complex from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2024.

Town attorney Ed Wood said the new concessions contract was identical to the previous agreement the town entered the prior year.

The town’s planning and zoning department is “moving forward” with public meetings related to several subdivision applications in Pinedale, the Mayor added during departmental reports.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is hosting a public hearing regarding Wind River Resort’s proposal to construct a luxury, Class-A motorcoach resort. The hearing is on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Sublette County School District No. 1 administration building at 655 N. Tyler Ave.

 

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