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By Charlene Smith
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

New council sworn in at Albin


Charlene Smith

Greg Woolington and Kelly Kriz were present at the Albin Town Council meeting last Thursday evening to be sworn in. Woolington won the tie vote over Jerrie Gehrman for the two-year term, after his name was drawn from a hat. Kriz will join Bob Anderson with four-year seats, after winning over incumbent Wic Rooney. Mayor Kelly Krakow was unchallenged in his run for another four years, and joined Woolington, Kriz and Anderson as they took the oath of office for the town of Albin.

For the election, the town had two election judges present while the polls were opened and the council voted to pay the judges $10 per hour.

The council held a public hearing for the liquor license permit for Mike’s Saloon in Albin. There were no public comments and the council approved the liquor license.

Kate Russell recently purchased some lots in Albin and presented the council with a building permit for a storage shed. She informed the council she plans to build a home as soon as her other house sells, but needs storage in the interim. Gerhman said, “build away,” as she smiled to the new Albin resident. The council approved Russell’s building permit as well as Rooney’s request to build a shed.

In other business, lunch program director Michelle Childers reported the community lunch brought in $297, including $177 from the quilt raffle.

Krakow informed the council the lights were “finally” up and were “way bright.” He also said the south park would have a sprinkler system and grass put in soon.

Krakow said with the new backhoe in the towns garage, the council might consider putting the old one out for bid to sell. The council agreed and Krakow advised town clerk Jillian Kriz to place the ad in the paper.

Community center director Jillian McLaughlin reported the tread mill in the exercise room was not working. She also said the department of health encouraged her to place a phone in the pool area. Krakow advised McLaughlin to check on phone prices and treadmills.

Town maintenance man Aaron Anderson asked the council when they would like to host their town clean-up day. Gerhman said it would be helpful for some residents if there was a sign up sheet to help with larger items.

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“I think a lot of people would like to clean up their properties but just can’t do it themselves,” Gerhman said. “I also think it would be a nice idea for the town to host a barbeque the day of the clean-up. It’d be great to put some pride back into our town.”

The council agreed to post a sign-up sheet for those residents wanting assistance with large clean-up efforts and have a barbeque the day of the clean-up, which will be June 1.

After some discussion on the 2014 fiscal year budget, Anderson moved to approve first reading of the budget. The council will review it June 6 and 27, for the second and third readings and then will be able to receive a motion to pass the budget.

The next meeting will be Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m.


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