Green River Star -

By David Martin

County pays voucher from Kolb


August 23, 2017

The Sweetwater County Commissioners voted in favor to approve a voucher from Alpha Petroleum, a company owned and operated by Commissioner John Kolb.

The voucher, totaling $933.75, was for two tests for the underground fuel storage tanks at the county’s road and bridge building in Rock Springs. According to Kolb, one of the tests involved cathodic protection, a test required every three years.

The test measures corrosion protection in underground pipes and tanks. The second test was an annual inspection of the facility’s safety functions.

“Everything passed and is working well,” Kolb said.

Kolb has performed work for the county in the past and his vouchers are routinely separated from the other vouchers to give Kolb the opportunity to abstain from the vote.

Other business

Commissioner Wally Johnson commented on Irene Parsons’ departure from U.S. Sen. John Barrasso’s field office in Rock Springs, saying the county no longer has a direct line of communication to Washington, D.C. Parsons was recently hired to head the Green River Chamber of Commerce, while another field representative was reassigned to another segment of the state.

As a result, not one of Wyoming’s three congressional delegates have representatives in the county.

“We don’t have the conduit to (Washington, D.C.) we’ve always had here,” Johnson said.

While attending River Festival Friday, Barrasso said he plans to fill Parsons’ former position in his office.

“We’re committed to Sweetwater County,” Barrasso said.


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