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Town Council holds first meeting of the New Year and Decade 2020


January 9, 2020

Victoria Smithey/ Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Pine Bluffs Town Council members listen as Kim Patterson, Treasurer gives information about cost, insurance and maintenance on citizen's suggestion of missile at Plaza.

The first meeting of the new year for the Pine Bluffs town council was short and sweet, giving all council members a chance to head home early for the evening. Council unanimously approved a request from Pine Bowl to open at 9 a.m. this coming Sunday for the upcoming bowling tournament, and preparations are still moving forward to move the Main Street railroad crossing in 2023.

One resident had offered the donation of a Hound dog Missile to be placed at the Veteran's Plaza in downtown Pine. Mayor Alan Curtis opened the floor for discussion, and there were several points made regarding the 30 foot static display. Safety was one of the first concerns that were raised. Council members were concerned about the possibility of people climbing on the display and possibly falling. Secondly there was some concern that the missile itself was only representative of one career field and one branch of service while the ultimate purpose of the plaza was meant to represent all veterans from all branches. Finally, there was a discussion of the cost of the display.

According to the agreement that would need to be signed the Town of Pine Bluffs would have to adopt all expenses for upkeep, transport, and set up, and this was not conducive to the current budget. While the council is definitely open to other types of static displays, there was some discussion of the necessity of adding a Coast Guard statue to the current arrangement, the council felt that the addition of the missile would not be beneficial at this time.

While the sewer project is ongoing, there was some discussion of the baffles in the lagoons that are non-operational at this time. The concern is that the lagoon system could go into an early discharge because of these baffles, and it was suggested that this could be part of the next project. The life stations are also required to have back up generators, and there was some discussion as to applying for grants to be able to pay for these.

Penny Merryfield/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Town of Pine Bluffs Veterans Memorials and Community Plaza.

The electric rate study has been completed and will be available for the next council meeting. Council will meet at 5 p.m. on the 21st of January for a phone conference to discuss this, and the regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Please be aware that the town offices will be closed on January 20th for Martin Luther King Day, and the regular town council meeting will be held the next evening

Council would like to remind residents that winter is not over, and if you haven't registered for the Code Red system to be notified in the event of an emergency please visit, click on the Code Red link and register. Council would also like to encourage members of the public to attend open meetings on the first and third Monday of each month.


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