The Big Piney Town
Council voted unanimously to place town investments
worth $3,004,000 into bonds with
Kaiser and Company of Cheyenne at its regular
meeting on Nov. 20.
The council removed its investments from
Bank of the West at their Sept. 18 meeting due
to high fees charged by the bank and a low return
on their investment.
Mayor Michelle Hymas said that the town
had several options, including keeping the
money in the state WYO-STAR program or
investing the money in bonds offered by Kaiser
and Company with a one- to five-year return.
Hymas said that the bond option was a
way to spread the town’s money out, adding
that if the town decided to sell the bonds, they
could easily transfer the bonds into money
market accounts with Kaiser.
Kaiser required a small fee up front, Hymas
reported, but the return on investment after
fees from Kaiser was more favorable than that
offered by Bank of the West. All council members
agreed and voted unanimously on a motion
to invest the $3,004,000 into bonds with
Kaiser and Company.
The town of Big Piney is gearing up for
Christmas. Hymas announced at the meeting
that the town will conduct its annual Light Parade
on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. Recreation
Center Supervisor Eddy Delgado said 14 floats
were already lined up for the parade. The event
will culminate with the first annual lighting of
the town Christmas tree.
Streets and Parks supervisor Kara Losik
reported that the 5-amp fuses in the town’s
streetlamps were insufficient, and advised replacing
them with 15- to 20-amp fuses. Hymas
supported spending the extra money to update
the fuses before Christmas so they can be used
The community of Big Piney has experienced
some recent setbacks, Hymas said, and
paying a little extra to brighten up the town
for Christmas festivities will help to “raise
Other news from the council meeting includes:
•Hymas reported that coliform counts in
municipal well No. 1 tested high, and suggested
that the council take action to either cap
the well or try another acid treatment. Hymas
said that well No. 1 was not part of the town’s
system. Council members brought up concerns
with another well, well No. 3, and advised
waiting until experts had a proper picture of
what might be causing the problem with the
two wells before deciding on action.
•The council accepted the resignation of
Public Works Supervisor Joe Dankelman.
Dankelman recently accepted another position
out of state. The board showed appreciation for
Dankelman’s service. Losik reported that employees
from Marbleton will help Big Piney
operate its public works after Dankelman
leaves. Hymas thanked the town of Marbleton
for the assistance.
•The council voted unanimously to approve
liquor licenses for the Silver Spur Bar/Shadyside
and La Cabana.
•The council voted unanimously to accept
NaCole Stevens as Big Piney’s representative
to the Airport Board.
•The council discussed dealing with the gall
mite infestation in town trees. Local contractor
Ron Gordon proposed trimming the trees as
treatment for $300 a tree, with a 20-tree minimum.
Losik reported that she had applied for
two grants with the Wyoming State Forestry
Division and the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree
City U.S.A. grant. Hymas said the town will
consider its options before taking action.
•Due to the Light Parade on Dec. 18, the
council agreed to move its next regular meeting
to Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.