Yesterday Gillette Mayor, Tom Murphy appeared on News Talk 1270 am KIML. Murphy talked about some of the current happenings with the city and also took calls from area listeners. The synchronization of traffic signals in Gillette was one complaint the Mayor responded to. Murphy noted that traffic signals on 2nd street and Highway 59; though in the city limits, are controlled by the state.
“What has happened in the past is that they have set these lights to synchronize and then they just leave them alone. It is my understanding, especially on highway 59, a program should be implemented this spring that they will actually measure traffic in real time and adjust accordingly, and so the complaint of coming through our community and having to stop and start will hopefully not be an issue come this next year. “---Murphy
Murphy noted specifically he would like to see some improvements at the intersection of Lakeway and 59.
“West bound traffic on Lakeway at 59, that has a tendency to back up almost to the intersection where Big O Tires is and so having two lanes of traffic that can turn north onto 59, that light and that intersection will be worked on hopefully this next spring as well. That again is the Department of Transportation’s responsibility and we have been told that they are working on it they are doing their due diligence and design.”---Murphy
Also on the subject of traffic flow, Murphy gave an update on the construction in front of the Campbell County Sheriff’s office.
“The Boxelder Road extension is going to be complete probably by the end of October and that will give us east/west arterial from Camplex facility all the way west to the new Burma Road.”---Murphy
Public Information Officer Joe Lunne provided an update on the water line project impacting Westover Road. Lunne said the city anticipates all the construction along Westover Road to be completed within two or tree weeks.
Murphy also provided an update on the Wyoming Association of Municipalities. Murphy said that after members in the northeast part of the state voiced concern with leadership, a change is on the way and they remain part of the Wyoming Association Municipalities.
“The five member committee chaired by our own City Administrator, Carter Napier, have come up with a direction to replace the director. They have changed the structure in WAM to the liking of the membership, and we are moving forward. It is nice to know that there is a process in place to find a new director.”---Murphy
Murphy said the new director will likely come from within the states boarders and will likely be leading the Wyoming Association of Municipalities by the end of the year.
“Thanks to Mr. Napier and that committee, WAM is once again unified and moving in a positive direction.---Murphy
Newstalk 1270 host, Don Carpenter, also asked Murphy to provide the public with his take on recent discussion of salary for the Mayor and council. http://www.basinsradio.com/index.php/news/local/1080-councilwoman-predicts-lack-of-support-for-pay-increase-talk
To hear what Murphy had to say click on the audio files below: