Reher Park loads council's agenda


Scott Larson representing Benchmark Engineers presented the plans for phase 1 at Reher Park Monday evening at the Town of Pine Bluffs council meeting. Larson said the bids could go out the first week in January 2014 if the phase was approved at the meeting.

After some discussion, the council agreed to move forward with phase 1 as presented.

A new business announced its plans to start in Pine Bluffs. Jim Tucker informed the council, as a courtesy, that he will start a towing business from his home. Tucker plans to build a fence around the property to maintain aesthetic value for the neighbors.

“I appreciate you informing all your neighbors and having them sign a letter,” Council Member Tom Mohren said. Mayor Bill Shain agreed and said they always welcome new businesses to town. The council approved a building permit for Tucker to build a fence around his property..

In other business, the council approved three invoices, one for various projects from Benchmark Engineers, S & S Builders for the Black and Butler street projects, and to MSI for the water distribution project. The council also approved a staff recommendation to apply for Consensus money to fund a fence cleaner for the airport fence and to cover the $8,000 shortfall with the Reher Park project.

The fence cleaner will cost $36,000 with $18,000 from Consensus and the other half coming from FAA and WYDOT. The council discussed the high cost of the machinery, as well as it not being able to clean the entire fence height but still agreed to the recommendation.

Councilman Alan Curtis said he had many calls on the gazebo at Reher Park, saying “the public is not going to go away,” and he would like to take care of the park.

Mohren said he had heard the same comments and said Trail Days was a good example of the need of a gazebo in the park.

John Goin from Lidstone and Associates talked to the council about the change order request for the water distribution project. Goin said they wanted the cushion of more days to complete the concrete and paving work due to the cold weather and the change order would give them 21 extra days to get the work done.

Goin also updated the council on the Black and Butler streets project saying Knife River was out earlier in the week and should complete the work by the middle of the week.

The council discussed a maintenance contract from Otis for the Commerce Building elevator. Shain said the fire marshall wasn’t even clear on the state statutes of elevators inspection but that “we weren’t doing them.” The new contract the council approved will cost $110 per month and provide 24-hour assistance if there is a problem with the elevator as well as quarterly inspections.

In department reports, Mohren said the police department received $1,000 in donations for “Shop with a Cop,” and took 10 students shopping Dec. 14. Shain said the Select Water Committee meeting on Jan. 9 would discuss the Kimzey land purchase and he was planning to attend the meeting. Curtis said even though the council earmarked funds for a new water heater for the senior center, they received a grant to cover the costs. He asked the council if the center could keep that money for an emergency fund. After some discussion of overseeing the money, the council agreed it was a “great idea” to keep some emergency funds designated for the senior center.

During visitor comments, Sharon Fain of Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power said she dropped off some applications for the Energy Share program and would encourage anyone needing assistance with their heating bills to apply.

The next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at 7 p.m.


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