Sublette Village Board discusses reopening timeline

SUBLETTE — The Sublette Village Board members met in person on Monday, June 8 and the meeting was also broadcast remotely for residents who wanted to attend online.

Acting Sublette Village President John Stenzel said after hearing from its insurance company, the village has to follow the Governor’s rules on each phase of reopening or the village might not be covered by insurance. He said Phase 3 allows for groups of 10 or less and Phase 4, which is looking to begin on June 26, allows for groups of 50 or less.

Stenzel said the village cannot offer any events with more than 50 people attending until Phase 5. That means the tractor pull and events such as Hops and Harmony cannot be held until Phase 5.

Stenzel stated that the Ellice Dinges Center had no rentals on the books for June. When the state reaches Phase 4, the Ellice Dinges Center can be rented out again to groups under 50. He recommended that the village put up all of the tables and keep them up all the time explaining that it is easier to clean when the tables are set up. Stenzel also mentioned the village might need to look at charging more for rent because of having to sanitize everything.

Video Gaming

To help the four businesses that are not getting income from video gaming, the village approved a motion for the reimbursement of video gaming fees to LaFiesta, Bonnell’s General Store, BP Express and Route 52 Roadhouse. The total amount being returned is $350. The fee to the village is a one-time fee for each machine.

“We’re not getting money off it, they’re not getting money off it,” Stenzel said.

In other board news:

  • Don Dinges reported that there are four small businesses interested in coming to Sublette after COVID-19.
  • Stenzel said the new contract for garbage disposal was signed and the totes have been ordered. He added that it looks like everything will be ready to go by July 1.

The next Sublette Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13 in the Ellice Dinges Center.