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By Karla Pomeroy

Vacancy officially declared for Ward 2


August 8, 2019

WORLAND — Worland Mayor Jim Gill officially declared a vacancy for Ward 2 following the death of council member Dennis Koch on June 27.

Koch was elected to the council in 2012 and re-elected to a second term in 2016.

The city is now accepting letters of interest for the council position for Ward 2 residents. Ward 2 is in the southeast corner of the city from Big Horn Avenue south to Sage Crossing and from Ninth to County Road 11. A full ward map can be found at

The council is also vacant a Ward 3 position after the resignation earlier this summer of Melissa Rivera. Letters of interest were accepted through July 31. There was no discussion regarding the Ward 3 vacancy at the abbreviated meeting at the airport office Tuesday.


In other business, Capt. Zach Newton, appearing before the council on behalf of Worland Chief of Police Gabe Elliott, said the department had reviewed the request from Maverik made last month to serve adult alcoholic chillers.

He said the styrofoam cups have a heated seal around the lid but it is easy enough to stick a straw in the cup, which would then mean the cup did not meet the city’s open container code.

Newton said the bag that Maverik has proposed would meet the city code because it would be easier to see if the seal had been broken.

He added that the department feels the idea of the adult chillers would just “encourage open container violations.” Newton said he understands the concept is that people would purchase the drinks and wait until they got home to consume them but “we don’t think that’s reality.”

“We’ve always made impaired driving a priority,” Newton said.

He said the mayor has asked them to check with other departments on how they are handling the Maverik requests and they will do that and report back to the council.

Mayor Jim Gill said the Maverik representatives are on the agenda for the Aug. 20 meeting.


The council heard and approved three requests regarding upcoming events.

Kathy Mercado of Kings Carpet One asked for a road closure from Eighth to Robertson for their fourth annual cornhole tournament. There would be an opening for those coming and going from the alley, as requested by Kennedy Ace Hardware, she said.

The tournament is being moved back downtown after being at Kiwanis Park last year. It is held in conjunction with Harvest Fest.

She said last year they had 24 teams and they are hoping for 32 this year. If it grows too big for the space she also requested permission to use Kiwanis Park if necessary.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Steven Siller Foundation, which raises funds to build smart homes for veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries.

This year, Mercado said, the foundation is building two homes in Montana and two in Salt Lake City. Last year Carpet One cooperatively raised more than $100,000 for the foundation.

Dan Mattis of the Pepsi Wyoming Championship BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Committee requested the use of tables from the city’s various parks for the brewfest and festival Aug. 15-17, as they have done in the past.

Worland Fire Chief Chris Kocher and Washakie County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Director Kami Neighbors requested partial use of Riverside Rotary Park and parking lot for a full-scale boom exercise on Sept. 7.

Kocher and Neighbors said they won’t actually be using the park but rather the area south of the park and west of the bathrooms to the bridge.

Kocher explained that in case of a hazardous material spill in the Big Horn River, the boom is released and it draws he material together so it can be collected from the channel.

He said they will be putting in 500 feet of boom.

Neighbors said this is a multi-agency exercise with Worland Fire, Worland Police, Washakie County Sheriff’s Office, Washakie County Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Public Health and the regional hazmat team.

The exercise will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


In other business:

•The council gave annual approval to the dispatcher agreement and law enforcement agreement with Washakie County.

•The council appointed Delayne Renner as the liaison with the Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission.

•The council approved Resolution 2019-7 as required by state statute to designate the clerk/treasurer as the “public records person for the City of Worland.”

Prior to adjournment the council went into closed executive session for real estate.


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