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Diamondville council OKs county recycling trailer

Posted: Thursday, May 10th, 2012

DIAMONDVILLE — “My suggestion is that we accept the county’s trailer,” councilor Jeannie Horsburgh told the Diamondville City Council on Monday, April 7.

According to Horsburgh, who had been opposed to the plan, she changed her mind after Lincoln County Commissioners agreed to be legally liable for its recycling trailer, and pay to have it hauled off.

The only other question posed by council members was whether or not the town would get any money from the recycling.

“We get nothing,” Horsburgh informed the council. “Mary says the county gets very little. I have a hard time believing that, but that’s what she said.”

But this did not stop council members from voting to unanimously approve the county’s recycling trailer.

“I’d like to tell Diamondville thank you, because I don’t live in Diamondville and I have put cardboard in the thing,” Tom Crank of Crank Companies told the council. “It’s just closer and it’s convenient. I’m in the county and we do use it. It does provide a service to more than just Diamondville.”

Other business at the council meeting included the second reading of Ordinance 412, which prohibits entities associated with the city government from applying for government grants without first getting permission from the city council, and the second reading of Ordinance 413.

Ordinance 413 reads, “There is hereby made a tax levy of eight mills on each and every dollar of assessed valuation of all property assessed with the limits of the town of Diamondville for the fiscal year 2012-2013, said tax being for the purpose of defraying the general expenses of the town of Diamondville, Wyoming.”

Both of these readings passed without opposition or discussion from either the town council or residents who were present during the vote.

There was also a vote in favor of advertising the curb, gutter and sidewalk repairs for McGovern Street, and a business license was granted to Cal-Con Incorporated of Evanston to dig wells in the city of Diamondville.

A vote was also taken to postpone approval of six Wyoming Association of Municipalities resolutions so council members could have more time to read over them.

“What happens is, if we approve or disapprove, I take your vote to the WAM convention and tell them what the vote of Diamondville is,” Mayor Eric Backman said.

Resolutions included such issues as the cost of electricity for municipalities, a review of the current unemployment system in the state of Wyoming, raising the under cap distribution rate, collecting sales tax from out-of-state online-only retailers, the wind production tax, and a resolution from Star Valley Ranch regarding the training and funding of emergency workers.

There was also a request from the town of Alpine to use part of their grant funds for an additional project, which was approved by the council.

Announcements made at the end of the meeting included a parade for Lincoln Self Reliance’s Special Olympians, who will be staging a parade on Monday, May 14, at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at Chevron and proceed down Pine Street to Ridley’s.

Backman also reminded those in attendance about the spring cleanup planned for June 11-14.

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