Rock Springs City Council preview

Rock Springs City Council preview

ROCK SPRINGS – The first part of the Tuesday night Rock Springs City Council meeting will be spent filling the empty council seats in Ward II and Ward IV.

At the deadline for letters of interest, Rock Springs City Hall had six letters for Ward II and seven letters for Ward IV. Those who will be in the running for Ward II include Laura Habibi, Taylor Jones, Trevor Mansfield, Tracey Ostdahl, Tim Savage and William Valdez. Ward IV candidates are Cleta Elder, Matthew Jackman, Gary Leslie, Rose Mosbey, Cindy Nelson Richard Piper and Bruce Reed.

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The council will hear from each candidate before voting by secret ballot as spelled out by city ordinance. The successful replacements will be sworn in at the end of the meeting before the entire council breaks into executive session for real estate purposes.

Ordinances

After mayor and council pay increases went through third reading and were unanimously approved, several other ordinances will be on third reading Tuesday including changes to garbage requirements.

Although the ordinances behind changed have had no public comment whatsoever, there was a small discussion between staff and council about the garbage ordinance. City Councilman Clark Stith was concerned the wording would detour residents from picking up garbage on sidewalks and streets and throwing it into a garbage can because it would not be in a bag.

Staff said the ordinance changes certainly aren’t intended to do that. Rock Springs Police Chief Mike Lowell stressed that enforcing this ordinance would be extremely hard and would have to be based on complaints.

Fire Truck

The final steps to send a retired fire engine to Idaho will take place at the meeting. There will be a public hearing on the sale of the 1982 American La France fire truck to the Murphy Reynolds Wilson Volunteer Fire District for $100. Later, in the resolution section, the council will vote on the action.

Public hearings

There will be public hearing for two grant applications through the Wyoming Business Council. If successful in the application process, these two grants will be used for upgrades to the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce Building on Dewar Drive.