MARBLETON – The Marbleton Town Council made plans at the May 8 meeting to get its proposed public restroom project by the centennial statues underway as soon as possible.
The full council looked a preliminary design presented by Todd Hurd of Forsgren Engineering to make decisions about the site, where the old town hall stood along Highway 189. Plans call for a parking area, informational signs and a 24 by 24-foot building that will hold two public restrooms and a utility room.
They agreed that using river rock would match the look of the new Marbleton Town Hall.
“I think we can match that stone,” said councilmember Nick Taylor.
The council unanimously approved the motion for Hurd to proceed pricing out “with what is drawn here” to get the project started as soon as possible.
Mayor Jim Robinson asked Hurd, “Can you give us a ballpark?”
“I will get you an estimate this week,” he told the mayor.
Town employee Todd Brown explained getting the building’s structure set will help the council budget for it and begin getting needed permits. The site is cleared and construction would begin in the next fiscal year’s budget, which starts up July 1.
Taylor reminded the council his term ends soon. After he declined to run again for the council seat, Brian Meador won it with write-in votes in the May 9 municipal election. Councilmember Mack Bradley and Robinson were also reelected.
Robinson encouraged everyone living in and around the town itself to participate in the countywide simultaneous “speed test” of their Internet access at 5:30 p.m. on the dot on Wednesday, May 17.
He reminded councilmembers and the public that the town has pitched in money, as has Big Piney, for the Internet assessment study, with goals of short and long-term improvements countywide.
To determine current conditions around the county with various Internet service providers, consultant Joe Sharkey designed volunteer “random” speed tests and the May 17 simultaneous speed test to see what happens when a large number of people log on.
Both Marbleton and Big Piney’s town councils agreed in February to help fund the $24,000, 16-week Internet assessment study by Sharkey, with Sublette Chamber director Rachel Grimes taking a lead role.
The Big Piney council agreed to provide $1,100 based on the town’s population of about 550. Marbleton, which holds twice the population at about 1,100, approved $2,200 for the project. Sublette County commissioners Mack Rawhouser and David Burnett had approached both councils with a request for the two southern towns, the county and town of Pinedale to pitch in $5,500 each after the Wyoming Business Council granted $2,000. Other organizations also donated for the study.
For more information and to prepare for the May 17 simultaneous speed test, visit pinedaleonline.com.
More immediate Internet concerns were also addressed. Town staff had told consultant Sam Bixler they were very interested in getting Internet service from provider NGL Connection rather than stay with CenturyLink, citing problems.
Bixler, working on NGL’s two-year lease renewal for its town tower equipment, said NGL offered the town two free connections. Marbleton clerk Anita Bohm and deputy clerk Cindy Armstrong asked Bixler if one could go to the town hall; the council agreed the second connection will go to Flicks ‘N Pins.
Town attorney Thayne Peterson said he reviewed the NGL contract and it was “just fine.” The council unanimously approved it for Robinson to sign.
Peterson also reviewed the water-tower demolition contract and presented a list of all new legislation.
“You have two documents that could choke a horse in front of you,” he told Robinson.
The demolition contract had several additions and changes that Peterson said made it “signable.”
The council voted to approve Robinson’s execution of the contract.
As for the “16-page monstrosity” listing new legislation, Peterson said it is broken down by topics, with a couple new municipal criminal offenses. “If you have questions, you can come talk to me.”
Next, Peterson addressed the new liquor law giving each municipality rather than the state the authority to set its own hours.
“The Marbleton law says basically we do what the (state) law says,” he said, adding the county attorney’s office requested that all three towns draft “uniform ordinances” of 6 a.m. opening and 2 a.m. closing, so people aren’t driving around looking for one bar that might be open later than another.
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