Officials Ponder Pick-Up Problems

Clearmont town officials may be in the market for a new garbage truck next month.

That's one possible solution to the town's maintenance problems with the existing truck. Clerk/treasurer Janet Riesland said council members discussed the matter at their meeting Monday night, but deferred decision pending more research on their options.

The town clerk said the aging truck has been causing problems due to breakdowns. She said, in fact, the vehicle was in Billings for repairs this week. Council members are considering options including buying a new truck, hiring a private garbage hauler, or continuing to repair the existing truck.

Council members this week also were updated on the town hall remodeling project. Work was started last summer but not yet completed. JBD Inc. of Sheridan is the contractor for the job. Cost of the project is just over $24,000 and includes repairing water-damaged walls, remodeling a closet and installing new flooring and a door to connect the town hall building and the maintenance shop.

Councilors in other action gave first-reading approval to an ordinance clarifying the town's rates for bulk water, which set the cost at 4 cents per gallon. The rates do not apply to town residents but are for construction companies and others that do business in Clearmont and must buy water in bulk from the town. Two more readings are needed before the ordinance becomes law.

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