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Fifth-penny tax hot topic of discussion at Pine Bluffs town meeting


Discussions about money to improve the community and the county were a big topic at the recent Pine Bluffs town meeting.

Buck Holmes, a Laramie County commissioner, brought the council and audience’s attention to the fifth-penny tax at the Oct. 6 meeting. Holmes said an important item to keep in mind about the optional tax is public works, roads and bridges.

The fifth-penny tax will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The proceeds of the tax helps fund various projects and operations.

For instance, Holmes said the tax helps with the cost of sheriff cars, which costs about $30,000 each. The fifth penny also helps the fire districts, while about 10 percent goes toward the library.

The outreach program from the library visits Pine Bluff

s, Burns and surrounding areas.

“I would like to urge your support for the fifth-penny tax on

Nov. 4,” Holmes said.

In other business, the council approved the renewal of liquo

r licenses for Pal’s Pub, Pine Bluffs

Exxon and Pine Bowl.

The council also approved amending the budget to cover reven

ues and expenses for the Kimzey

Due Diligence project. The town council had entered into

a contract with Lidstone and Associates to

provide service in the North Wells Project Due Diligence

because unexpected expenses had risen and

funds were needed to complete the project.

During the Sept. 15 town meeting, the contract was approve

d. Money will be transferred from

the general fund savings to the North Wells project. The re

solution amended the budget to reflect the


The council also approved an increase in state grant fu

nding for the Airport Master Plan Project.

At the Sept. 15 meeting, the agreement with Torrington Ai

rport was approved. The state has amended

their grant award to reflect the transfer to Pine Bluf

fs of $20,000 in additional funding for that project.

The council also approved to recognize the North Wells P

roperty as a separate account. The

town council wants to keep all transactions related to th

e property separate from other finances. This

will make it easier to track expenses and revenues rela

ted to the property, commissioners said.

Then, the council approved to recognize revenues and expenses

related to the emergency MRG

grant for the Booster Pump Project. The council recently

received an emergency MRG grant for the

project that is necessary, commissioners said, for th

e health and safety of Pine Bluffs residence.

The council also approved to bring forward restricted dedi

cated savings to pay for upgrades for

the RV Park. There have been 20 electrical pedestals ei

ther installed, required or upgraded to 20-, 30-

and 50-amp combos. About 20 more are still needed. Also, Pine

Bluffs spend $19,000 in water repairs.

These upgrades and repairs are being paid for with the RV Par

k’s restricted savings account.

This fund is specifically designated for upgrades to the faci

lity. To pay for the next electrical and water

repairs, this resolution will adjust the budget accordingl


The council had a second reading of Ordinance 2014-02 (“Vac

ating a Portion of Elm Street.”)

No changes were made.

Next, the council approved the Pine Bluffs Source Water

Protection Plan. This is an updated

plan and needs to be adopted by the town council to be co

mpliant with the state money for the North

Wells Project. Mayor Shain said last week that he did

close on the North Wells Project. He thanked the

council, the town staff and Lidstone and Associates.

The council also approved the arrangement agreement with

McGee Hearn and Paiz for the 2014

audit and required an A-133 single audit. In accordance with

state and federal requirements of local

government, the council needed to do that audit for federa

l dollars spent in 2014 since it exceeded

$500,000. The council budgeted $12,500 per year for the regular audit.

This arrangement charges the

council an additional $5,000 for this specific audit.

During visitor comments, Sharon Fain of Cheyenne Light,

Fuel and Power, told the council

about the Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

The program is for seniors who need

help paying their utility bills.

Fain said if seniors have to make a decision between payi

ng for their medicine or their heating

bill, she wants them to take advantage of the program. Sh

e said she encourages seniors to pick up an

application. Fain left applications at the Town Hall,

and they are now available for processing.

The council received five applications for the vacant pa

rks/ground/building maintenance

supervisor’s position. The job is for an individual to take

care of such things as mowing, snow removal

and the maintenance of buildings, sidewalks and the cemet

ery in Pine Bluffs.

During an executive session, the council decided to offer

the position to Jerry Lamb, and he has

since accepted the job.


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