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By Charlene Smith
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

Law enforcement and growth concern candidates


Charlene Smith

In the small, quiet community of Albin, large boisterous issues keep the incumbents and candidates of the 2013 town council and mayor position working toward a better future.

“Our main concern is the operating fund,” mayor Kelly Krakow said. “It’s fed from taxes and without businesses in town, the fund doesn’t grow which means less money for roads and improvements.”

Community members meet most mornings for free will donation coffee at the community center and discuss topics and candidates.

“I don’t think we have enough people in Albin,” one resident said. Another was concerned with the property tax supporting so much of the town.

“I will vote for the best candidate,” chuckled another coffee lover.

Albin will have four seats to vote on for the 2013 council; the mayor position, two four-year terms, and one two-year term.

For mayor, incumbent Krakow is the only name listed on the ballot, but small communities usually have a few write-in votes. Krakow said he would like to focus on bringing businesses to Albin and finding ways to increase the operating fund.

“I would like to use more residual money to improve the parks and attract businesses,” explained Krakow.

For the two four-year positions, Kelley Kriz is running against incumbents Wic Rooney and Bob Anderson.

Rooney would like to continue his tenure on the board to see the 6th Penny projects completed.

“New roads lead to new businesses and we are in need of both,” Rooney said. “I am proud of the rehabilitation we completed on the old water tower and the museum is near completion.”

Rooney added he would like to see the town ordinances corrected and a law enforcement presence in Albin.

Anderson echoed Krakow and Rooney’s concerns with business and improving the aesthetic value of Albin to attract commerce to the community.

Kriz was not available for an interview, but has been a member of the community for many years and helps operate a trucking business out of Albin with his father-in-law.

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Up for the lone two-year seat is incumbent Jerrie Gehrman and Greg Woolington. Gehrman said she would like to focus some effort on cleaning up the town as well as bringing a police presence to Albin.

“I think the entire town council is for promoting business in Albin,” Gehrman said. “It would be great to see the town grow and the council doing things for the greater good.”

Woolington was not available for comment. He works for Laramie County Department of Roads and has resided in Albin for some time.

With just under 200 residents in Albin, the voter pool is limited for any of the candidates. Reputation and the chatter around the coffee cups is the key to winning a seat at the town council table.


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