Recycling company could create 90 local jobs

Jamie Thornock and Marlin Batista, two members of the Kemmerer City Council, listen during last week’s city council meeting. After citing concerns about excessive truck traffic in town, Thornock was the lone vote against supporting a recycling company considering an expansion to Kemmerer. (GAZETTE PHOTO/April Corwin)

Council votes to support smelting plant in Kemmerer

KEMMERER — At Kemmerer City Council meeting on Monday, March 13, Mayor Bill Thek, with the support of the council, signed a letter of recommendation to encourage World Resources Company (WRC) to come to Kemmerer. WRC is considering Kemmerer for one of its recycling facilities.

WRC smelts, recycles and recovers precious and strategic metals. The products produced from the smelting plant will be both from recyclable metals that are hazardous and nonhazardous. Thek and Kemmerer City Administrator Brian Muir have been working with WRC since the summer 2022 to consider Kemmerer as one of its manufacturing and smelting facilities. 

If WRC chooses Kemmerer, it is projected to bring 90 high-paying jobs to the community.

“This company specializes in making things environmentally safe,” said Muir.

According to Muir, the company has been around for 45 years and is globally strong in regards to its production. 

Councilwoman Jamie Thornock, asked, “How are they getting all these minerals here?” Mayor Thek said they would be delivered by rail or truck. Thornock voiced her concerns about having excessive truck traffic driving through town.

A motion was made by Councilman Dale Hicks to allow the mayor to sign the letter of recommendation for WRC. The motion was seconded by Councilman Robert Bowen. Four council members voted in favor of the letter with Thornock voting to oppose.

In other actions, a first reading of an amendment to Ordinance #2023-875 was made.  The amendment would change the standard of maximum street slopes. The change would be to start the street sloping from a five to eight percent grade. A motion was made by Hicks to approve the first reading of the ordinance and all were in favor.

In closing remarks, Muir had concerns about flooding and the ability to get some sandbags from the county for citizens’ use. Muir also spoke about the storm drains around town and how some are clogged or collapsed. He said he would like the council to consider passing on a fee to the citizens for the upkeep of the storm drains. 

To end the meeting, the council adjourned into an executive session for potential real estate litigation.

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