The towns of
Big Piney and Marbleton held a joint
meeting on Monday, March 25, with
town council members and town employees
present. The meeting was an
open forum for employees and council
members to express concerns and ideas
as the summer season approaches.
Marbleton Mayor Jim Robinson
and Big Piney Mayor Michelle Hymas
opened the meeting by thanking employees
for all their hard work this winter
and committing to the partnership
between the communities.
“I want to commend our team – they
had a heck of a winter,” Robinson said.
“It was a pleasure to see how everything
fit together and how all the employees
have each other’s backs. I also want to
commend Big Piney for the camaraderie
and working together with us. This
makes all our jobs easier to deal with.”
“I want to thank our staff,” Hymas
said. “We have a lot of new faces on
board, and people are really stepping up
to get trained. I agree with Mayor Robinson
that we have a lot of camaraderie
with Marbleton and we work with great
Hymas presented a contract for
Fourth of July fireworks services with
Acme Pro Pyro. The two towns will
split the budget, Hymas said, with
$7,000 from Marbleton and $5,000
from Big Piney. Hymas transferred the
contract to Robinson for Marbleton to
The town of Big Piney is “struggling
to bring water well no. 1 online,”
Hymas continued. More testing will
be carried out this week, she said, and
added that Marbleton may need to provide
emergency water over the summer.
“We’re doing everything in our
power to get the well back online,”
Hymas said. Big Piney Parks and
Streets Manager Kara Losik said the situation
seemed to be getting better, with
the “turbidity improving” in the well.
Big Piney Recreation Manager Eddy
Delgado reported that he and his staff
came up with a theme for the Fourth of
July Parade – “Legends of the Past.” After
a brief discussion, the towns agreed on the
theme. Ashley Jones, deputy town clerk of
Marbleton, told Delgado to “let us know what
you need help with.”
Big Piney council member Aimee Davison
discussed the new Big Piney and Marbleton
Community Development Group. Citizens
from both communities recently came together
with the goal to promote events in the
towns and market the communities, she said.
The organization is in the “last stages” of
applying for 501(c)(3) status.
“Our focus is to bring events here, get
people into the community and get them to
maybe move here,” Davison said. She added
that the group consists of five committees and
meets on the third Thursday of the month at
noon in the Big Piney Library.
Sam Bixler, a consultant for Marbleton,
talked about his work on the beautification
committee of the development group. He
hopes to work with the town councils to improve
the appearance of the communities.
“About 6,000 cars a day pass through
(Big Piney and Marbleton) in the summer,”
he said. “We have one shot to catch their impression.”
Losik suggested forming a list of people
in the towns who need assistance maintaining
their property with a reference list of volunteers
willing to help out.