City of Worland will serve as backup water operator for town of Kirby

Written by on April 18, 2019

A Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Worland and the Town of Kirby was discussed and approved at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
City Attorney Kent Richins presented to the board the Memorandum that would make the City of Worland the backup water system operator for the Town of Kirby.
Kirby officials — in a meeting with Richins and other Worland City entities — have had issues finding a backup operator due to the limited amount of hours the position offers — but the necessity of the position. The reason Kirby needs a backup operator for their water system is that it is required by the Department of Environmental Quality.
The City of Worland would be reimbursed for the services provided should Kirby ever need to call in the backup operator at a cost of $60 per hour — the city would also bill at the current IRS mileage rate for any travel and lastly would bill at the usage rate for any needed use of a backhoe or similar equipment.
Richins did relay that this MOU could be terminated at the city’s behest — and this was mostly in response to some of the councilor’s concerns that Worland could on the hook for years as a fill-in operator. The council approved the MOU with Mike Neufer abstaining and Dennis Koch voting against.

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