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Volume 4, Number 5 - April 29, 2004
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Pinedale council declares contractor in default

by Rhonda Swain

At their regular meeting Monday night, Pinedale Town Council members had a full slate of requests and proposals.

One of two important issues was a request from Tim Bohan, who requested permission to use town property above the Lee Ditch to landscape the lower portion of his property on South Skyline Avenue. The area in question is in the area of the sledding hill and walking/biking path.

Bohan said he just wants permission to run equipment across town property to landscape his.

Council Member Miriam Carlson said she is "against the whole idea," considering soil stability in the area, among other things.

Mayor Rose Skinner suggested that Bohan compose a written proposal for the council to take to Town Attorney Ed Wood for consideration.

Bohan also asked if the could would be interested in trading the upper corner of Hill Street, where it crosses lot 8 near the old Pine Street along Lee Ditch where the road is.

Skinner informed Bohan that it is "not our policy to trade or abandon any street in town. It's not my intention to set a precedent of trading or abandoning streets."

After spending about 30 minutes in executive session to discuss litigation in regard to the new town shop, and at the advice of Wood, the council approved contacting the bonding company for a meeting with its representatives and the construction contractor. With no work done on the shop for more than a year, the council approved declaring the contractor in default.

The council also approved Resolution 2004-3 annexing South Barber Creek and sending it to Pinedale Planning and Zoning for consideration.

The council heard a presentation by Sublette County Chamber of Commerce directors Eric and Kathy Sechrist. Kathy Sechrist updated them on the chamber's plans for the upcoming clean-up day and the Pinedale Centennial celebration.

Both Sechrists stressed that the clean-up day, slated for Saturday, May 15, is going to be a fun event for those who choose to be involved. The day will start at 8:30 a.m. at Boyd Skinner Memorial Park with donuts and coffee donated by Questar. Eric Sechrist said the event would be well organized. There will even be cash for trash, with $5 and $10 bills in bottles hidden in the areas to be cleaned. After the coffee break, groups will be dispersed at 9:30 to designated areas to pick up trash, and will gather at the park again at 12:30 for a Pinedale Lions Club barbecue and live music by Steve Laster. The Sechrists said the planning stages are going very well, with a lot of good players.

The council agreed to rent a large dumpster to place in the town hall parking lot for residents to use on May 15.

The Sechrists also went over their many ideas for the centennial celebration, including the half-marathon already in the works, and the possibility of placing banners across town streets, having live music, a time capsule and a golf tourney.

The council members said since it is the Town of Pinedale's birthday, they would be happy to follow the Sechrists' lead in the events.

In preparation for the town's budget requests, the chamber requested $5,000.

Mark Eatinger, representing the Green River Rendezvous Pageant Association, requested $1,500 to help fund the annual pageant.

Pinedale Fine Arts Council's Frank Roncalio asked for $1,150 in advertising funds for the arts council.

The Learning Center's Barbara Burrough and Susan Biermann requested $3,000. Biermann discussed what the center offers the communities in the county in their request.

The council set May 21 as Pinedale Arbor Day, and accepted, with regret, the resignation of Daryle Bennett from the tree board, assigning Kathleen Peterson to replace him. Mayor's Assistant Ward Wise said John Sulenta Jr. is donating two trees to the town for Arbor Day.

In final business, Town Clerk Patty Racich brought up the May 4 town elections, and encouraged everyone to get out and vote.

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