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By David Martin

Council passes project change order Tues.


November 18, 2021

The Green River City Council agreed to add more than $10,000 to the water improvement project on Indian Hills Drive to accommodate for additional materials.

The change order was approved unanimously.

Mark Westenskow, director of public works, said the additional costs came from additional piping and valves needed for the current project and future water service project planned for the area. He said the current inflationary problems impacting construction projects didn’t play much of a factor in the water work as much of the piping had previously been purchased and prices were locked in when the bids for the initial project were conducted. 

Other business

Councilwoman Sherry Bushman said she met with Sweetwater County Commissioner Jeff Smith and Rock Springs City Councilman Tim Robinson to discuss the future of ambulance service in the county. She said service in Green River will stay the same, though changes may occur in Rock Springs. A report will be released Monday examining the issue further.

Councilman Gary Killpack said meetings for the sixth-penny specific purpose tax will start next week. He said the meeting scheduled Tuesday will focus on organizing committees and other formational issues. Local leaders plan to have a specific-purpose tax question on the November 2022 election ballot. The tax differs from the recently-defeated general purpose sales tax in that the specific purpose tax can only raise a set amount of money for projects submitted to and approved by voters. The last specific purpose tax was passed in 2012 and funded infrastructure improvements, as well as new ambulances for Castle Rock Medical Center and the Medical Office Building at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.


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