Dubois town council hears one percent tax initiative update

(June Bonasera photo)

June Bonasera, county10.com

(Dubois, Wyo.) – Two members of the Dubois community and two members of the press attended last night’s regularly scheduled Dubois town council meeting at 7 p.m. to hear about the proposed one percent optional sales tax. The meeting was short, with several items quickly discussed and six action items voted and approved.

Items discussed included the scheduling of a public meeting in Dubois to present information about a proposed one percent tax to fund infrastructure improvements and repairs in Fremont County which will be on November’s election ballot. Mayor Blakeman reported that in addition to the public information meeting scheduled for October 10, lawn signs encouraging residents to vote in favor of the proposed tax would be placed in visible locations around town.

The mayor reported a special advisory committee for public parking concerns had been developed with several Dubois business owners and managers agreeing to volunteer to serve. Committee members include: Jodi Moll, Dave Gaddis, Rene Suda, Pat Neveaux and one (unnamed) member of the Sheriff’s department. Council member Pete Chimenti volunteered to join the committee, representing the town.

It was reported that second notices of weed violation by residents were mailed on September 18, and those residents that did not comply by September 30 would have the weeds removed by town employees and billed.

The following action items were approved:

-Approval of a three-year-cleaning contract for 712 Meckem Street.

-Approval of an airport hanger lease renewal for Alfred Pick.

-Approval of temporary catering permits for the Rustic Pine Tavern-National Bighorn Sheep Center fundraiser at Headwaters Arts & Conference Center on November 3, 2012 and for the Outlaw Saloon-Friends of the NRA fundraiser at the Dennison Lodge on October 6, 2012.

– Approval of a notice to proceed for the Boedecker Street stabilization project.

-Approval of accounts payable list dated September 21, 2012.

An additional item on the agenda as an action item to be approved was “Town Hall Soffit Repair” but no contractors submitted bids for the project. Mayor and council members agreed to ask a contractor who had supplied a cost estimate for the project to submit a formal bid for the work.

The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.