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City Council deliberates on contracts, repairs

Posted: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013




The Kemmerer City Council met at Kemmerer City Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, for its bi-monthly council meeting.

The first motion that was introduced to the council for vote involved the signing of Kemmerer Gun Clubís annual contract with the city.

The contract is the same as in years past and includes half price access to the clubís facilities for city employees; the discount for city employees is included largely because the city provides services, such as trash collection and plowing, to the gun club. The City Council passed the motion unanimously.

Next, a motion was brought to the Councilís attention regarding the Parks and Recreation Department Board. The Parks & Recreation Board was recently established by Council vote, and on Monday night, the City Council voted unanimously to modify the original resolution so that the Board will consist of five to seven members.

On the Councilís agenda after the Parks & Recreation Board motions was a vote on the recently awarded contract to repair the airport runway. Lewis & Lewis was awarded the contract after entering the low bid, and the state has since approved a 90/10 split of the costs with the City of Kemmerer and Lincoln County.

The split, which the Council passed unanimously on Monday night, will result in the city and county paying 10 percent, or approximately $19,000-$20,000, of the total cost of the contract.

The final motion up for vote on Monday, which also passed unanimously, awarded the contract to replace the lining of the city pool to the only firm that submitted a bid.

Repairing the pool and replacing its lining is currently the Parks and Recreation Departmentís highest priority. The plaster lining comes with a five-year warranty and the contract for its installation is not to exceed approximately $30,000.

At this point, the City Council meetingís official business was complete. Before the session was adjourned, however, the Council publicly thanked Lincoln County for paying for half of last weekís community picnic in Triangle Park.

Finally, Mayor Zem Hopkins mentioned the issue of increasing gas prices. It has been highly publicized that worldwide gasoline prices have been on the rise, but the mayor took issue with the fact that gas is so much more expensive in Kemmerer than it is in Evanston or Green River, for example.

As of Sept. 10, the price for regular unleaded in Kemmerer was $3.85, wheras the price just off I-80 in Evanston was $3.55.

The next meeting of the Kemmerer City Council will take place on Monday, Sept. 23.



For the complete article see the 09-12-2013 issue.

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