City council hears golf course, landfill updates

TORRINGTON – The Torrington City Council swept through a varied agenda during its Nov. 7 meeting. A golf course update, contracts, and apprentice recognition were among the evening’s topics for consideration.

Golf Pro Dave Dent presented 2018 golf rates and the tournament schedule. He said rates basically remain the same, and that cart leases are increasing. 

“This is a good way to increase revenue,” he said. 

The course currently owns 15 carts, which are available for lease.

Dent also presented certificates of appreciation to employees Preston McCart and Daniel Baumgardner in recognition for their work at the golf course. 

Two employees in the city’s utilities department were recognized as part of the Wyoming Apprenticeship Week proclamation signing. Michael Schuler has been in the program two weeks, while Matthew Mulder has completed one year.

Mayor Mike Varney said Torrington has participated in the statewide apprenticeship program for about seven years.

In other action, the council approved a catering permit for the Spirits Sports Bar and Grill for the City of Torrington Christmas Party.

They also approved $7,350 to cover the cost of three new methane monitoring wells for the Landfill #2 New Cell Design and Permit Renewal Project. 

Noting the continuing cost of maintaining the landfill, Varney said that it is important to keep the landfill here as long as possible, because the cost of hauling the city’s trash to another location would be hard to cover. He said one of the closest is in northern Colorado. Wheatland brings its trash to the Torrington landfill.

According to Harkins, Torrington Disposal Service will share the mobilization cost of this project because it will be doing similar work at the same time.

The council also voted to reject a single bid on a sanitary sewer outfall line rehabilitation project. City Engineer Jeff Harkins said the excessive cost of the lining material is the reason for the rejection. Harkins said an earlier bid for the same material from the same company was $33 per linear foot for 2,000 feet, while the new bid was $259 per linear foot for 500 feet. The council also voted to reopen bidding on the contract.

A change order on a vehicle storage building was also approved by the council. City Project Manager Mark Weis explained the change was necessary in order to adjust the dimensions by 2 feet on each side. The cost will be $3,025 in order to meet fire marshal

The council approved bills from Oct. 18 to Nov. 7, before going into an executive session regarding litigation.

Following the executive session, the council made a motion for City Attorney Jim Eddington to continue as previously discussed in executive session.

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