Council opts to join Main Street Program

By Sarah Pridgeon

 

At this month’s regular meeting, the Sundance City Council took a step towards transforming the city into a Main Street community by approving an application for the state’s program. Mayor Paul Brooks was granted permission to sign the application for the program, which would allow the city to work with the state on such things as obtaining funding for signage, said Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz.

Mayor Brooks announced two upcoming meetings, the first of which is Government Issues on November 19 in Moorcroft at 6 p.m. According to Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz, the Town of Moorcroft hopes that newly elected Representative Tyler Lindholm and Senator Ogden Driskill will attend to discuss the idea of a solid waste district.

On November 15, the next Northeast Wyoming Municipal Leaders meeting will be held in Gillette and, said the mayor, a hot topic will be the next tour of the area for Congressional aides visiting from Washington D.C.

“There’s a lot of push from the lobbyists to get us back into Crook County. With the Devils Tower being the first national monument, it seems to be a big drawing card,” the mayor said.

Ken Rathbun told the council that the Croell Redi-Mix headquarters project appears to be under budget by around $150,000 to $160,000. Only two items remain to be completed, one of which is to add the six-inch water line for the fire sprinklers inside the building.

Public Works Director Mac Erickson asked the council for permission to dig the next cell at the Construction & Demolition pit, because it’s running out of room. With projects such as the elementary school and Croell Redi-Mix coming to fruition soon, said the mayor, there will be a large amount of debris needing to be placed in the pit.

A grant was submitted last year for turnout equipment for the Sundance Fire Department. This year, the department is asking for a repeat application for $10,000 for more gear to make sure all firefighters are equipped.

There is money in the fire department budget for the 10 percent match, said Lenz. The council approved a motion to allow the mayor to sign the grant.

Russell Tracy, on behalf of Doug Tracy, was in attendance to hear the council’s thoughts on the expansion of Tracy Motors. Doug has requested a variance to allow a taller fence than is allowed in the city ordinance at the back of the property.

The fence is intended to prevent people vandalizing or stealing the planned expansion, where inventory will be stored in an “outdoor showroom”, explained the mayor. With Council Member Sheryl Klocker commenting that she believes there is a genuine need for the fence, the council passed a motion contingent on a building permit being obtained for the concrete slab.

Representatives from the ambulance service informed the council that the Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees has approved an expenditure to ensure all the ambulances have the same emblem. The idea is to improve “brand recognition” of the ambulances serving the county.

As the ambulances belong to the city, permission was requested to go ahead with the idea.

The council considered the issue of water draining down the alley that runs alongside the Dime Horseshoe Bar during heavy storms and weather events, leaving sheet ice behind. Erickson agreed to investigate the problem to see if the ice can be removed or prevented.

Karla Greaser provided an update on behalf of city engineers Trihydro, telling the council that the SCADA system was installed on the Cole Tank last week and the project has reached completion. Two change orders were approved, one slightly increasing the project cost, though still within budget, and the other decreasing the cost due to the foundation being slightly less complicated than expected.

Greaser next spoke of the SCADA project itself, telling the council that remote access has been set up to allow Trihydro to access the system. The next stage of the project has now begun, with Trihydro investigating costs for installing SCADA monitoring on more components of the city water system.

According to Greaser, Trihydro has been visiting with City Hall regarding consensus projects this year and expects to present estimates to the council next month.

In departmental reports, Police Chief Todd Fritz reported 63 calls for the month and told the council that the deer culling program will shortly be up and running, if necessary.

Lenz asked if the council would be interested in running a contest among the artists in town to replace the Sundance signs at either end of town, as they were designed for the centennial and are beginning to get old. After discussion, the council approved advertising the contest to replace the signs in the same planters.

The next regular meeting of the Sundance City Council will take place on December 2.