Things you should know: town council

The Diamondville Town Council gathered for their last meeting of the year. Councilpersons Eric Backman and Jim McSweeny completed their last meeting by thanking the Mayor, other councilmembers and town employees for their time and effort during their time on the council. Backman was on the council in various positions, including mayor, for 12 years.

There were four items of new business and one item of old business on the agenda for discussion.

1. New ordinances

The Planning & Zoning board, with the help of Building Inspector Terry Vetos, proposed new Ordinances for Chapter 10.20 of the town code. According to Vetos, this would adopt many international codes for buildings, plumbing, mechanics and more. Most of the code would go by what is in the adopted handbooks the town already uses. What the ordinances add are exceptions to the manuals for the town of Diamondville, according to Vetos. The only major change, according to Vetos, is a change to the size of buildings that don’t need permits. The current policies allow a building of 200 sq. ft. to be built anywhere on a property without a permit, according to Vetos. The proposed ordinance changes the building size to 150 sq. ft. The ordinance was passed by the council on the first reading. There will be two more readings and votes by council before the ordinance is officially adopted.

2. Ads

The council voted to run ads for the open Joint-Powers board position and the liquor license hearing. The public hearing will be on Jan. 18.

3. Schedule

The council approved the calendar for 2021. This includes council meetings and holidays.

4. WyLite Grant

At the previous council meeting, the bids for labor on installing new LED lights funded by the WyLite grant from Wyoming Energy Authority were opened. There were three bids. Bodec Electric bid $8,562 for labor costs. WYO Peak Electric bid $14,300 for labor and Sage Electric bid $20,324. The council awarded the contract to Bodec Electric. This leaves the council with a little less than $3,000 for clean-up and disposal of the old lighting.