Volume 4, Number 37 - December 9, 2004
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Fairgrounds manager hired, road work planned
Sublette County Commissioners met in Pinedale Tuesday for a regular business meeting, with County Road Superintendent Travis Sour reporting on the need to place riprap and fill in the Green River at the Five Mile Bridge near Reardon Draw to stop erosion damage to the bridge abutments.
Sour told the commission he plans to install concrete barriers on Paradise Road near its junction with Highway 191. The barriers would keep traffic away from the riverbank. Sour added that he considered installing guardrails, but rejected the idea, fearing that the ground may be too unstable for such an installation.
The commission retained Nelson Engineering to handle the engineering work for creation of a turning lane off Highway 351 onto Paradise Road, at a cost of $45,035.
County Surveyor Paul Scherbel proposed a resolution to the county commission that would name an unnamed cone-shaped peak in honor of a long-time ranching family. The resolution requests the U.S. Board of Geographic Names officially name this peak (in the South Horse Creek area) as the Jewett Pinnacle. Scherbel said Merrill Dana suggested this idea to him. Don and Dean Jewett ranched in the area and this peak is visible from the ranch buildings.
Frank James has been hired as the new manager for the Sublette County Fairgrounds. James, who is from Green River, retired two years ago from Pacific Power and Light, and is already onsite at the fairgrounds, temporarily living in his own camper. The county has purchased a new manufactured home for the fairgrounds in order to have someone in a supervisory role present around the clock. The commission asked James to report back to the commission once a month.
In other business, Pinedale citizen Bill Schertz once again spoke with the commission about his concerns with the proposed remodeling of the Pinedale Medical Clinic. He presented the commission with a point-by-point argument for changes, as well as the need for a local architect to handle the design.
"Mr. Schertz, I'm not sure you're talking to the right people," Commission Chairman Gordon Johnston said, indicating that the Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board is the more appropriate entity.
Schertz pointed out that the county actually owns the clinic and the land it sits on, so "from that point, you have a vested interest in it."
The commission thanked Schertz for his input.
Rick Foley and Brad Waters gave the commission an update on the courthouse complex construction. Foley reported the project "is moving along, roughly on schedule," with plans to move Sublette County Clerk Mary Lankford back into the courthouse by February.
The installation of a baler at the Marbleton landfill will end up about two months behind schedule, the commissioners learned. Although the baler had been ordered in a timely manner, there was a snafu in communications and company who does the actual manufacturing did not produce the machine. The company issued a letter of apology to the commission and is now in the process of manufacturing the baler.
In other landfill business, the commission granted permission for a Star Valley refuse disposal company to use the Marbleton landfill, at a cost of $12.25 per ton.
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