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Frequently Requested Phone Numbers

Visit the contact page for frequently requested phone numbers.

 

Electric Department

Q: Who is responsible for trees in the electric line to my house?

A: The City of Powell clears the power lines within the alley right away.
The homeowner is responsible for making sure the overhead lines are
clear to their house. For your safety, we will disconnect and reconnect the line during regular business hours without charge.

 

Q: Who do I call when my power goes out?

A: First check to make sure that none of the circuit breakers have been
tripped off. Don’t forget to check the outside main breaker if you have one. If everything checks out, then call the electric department during regular business hours at: 754-9537 after hours, call the police department at: 754-2212 so they can dispatch the on call person.

 

Q: I am planning on doing some digging on my place, who do I call?

A: For all line locates please call both of these numbers: Wyoming One Call at 811 or from out of state, call 1-800-849-2476.

 

Q: I am considering doing some additions and changes to the electrical service on my house, what do I need to do?

A: You own the electrical service on your house. You can call an electrical contractor or you can do the work yourself. If you’re doing the work, please call the electrical department at 754-9537 for our requirements and to answer any questions you might have. As well as to schedule any overhead service drop disconnect/reconnects.

 

Streets/Shop Departments

Q: Who do I contact for a permit to dig in the street for a new service line or to put in new sidewalk curb and gutter?

A: Permits may be obtained at City Hall located at 270 N. Clark St.

 

Q: Why does the City Chip-Seal its residential streets?

A: Chip-Seal is the most economical way the City has found to keep the streets sealed and in good condition. The streets are currently set on a seven-year rotation. Crack-Fill is usually performed on the streets that are to be Chip-Sealed the winter and Spring prior to the Chip-Seal process.

 

Q: Who is responsible for my sidewalk?

A: The owner of the property is responsible for all maintenance of the sidewalks on their property. This includes all sidewalk repairs, sweeping and snow removal. Snow that is removed from the sidewalks must be placed on the property or removed entirely and is not to be placed in the City street or gutter. The same holds true for leaves and other debris as well.

 

Q: What is the Snow Plowing Policy?

A: Click Here

 

Water/Wastewater

Q: Who do I call after hours or on a weekend if I have a problem?

A: Powell Police at 754-2212 as we have a person on call 24-7

 

Q: Can you help me with my indoor plumbing problems?

A: No you will need to call your plumber

 

Q: Where does our water come from?

A: We buy finished drinking water from Shoshone Municipal Pipeline

 

Q: Who do I call if I want to dig on my property?

A: Wyoming One Call at 1-800-849-2476

 

General Public Works Questions

Q: What are the setbacks on my lot?

A: It depends on what zoning district you are located in.

  • R-E Front, rear lot lines - Fifteen (15) feet
    Side lot lines - One (1) foot for every two (2) feet of structure height, not to less than ten (10) feet
  • R-L Front, rear lot lines - Fifteen (15) feet
    Side lot lines - One (1) foot for every three (3) feet of structure height, not to less than five (5) feet
  • R-G Front, rear lot lines - Fifteen (15) feet
    Side lot lines - One (1) foot for every three (3) feet of structure height, not to less than five (5) feet
  • B-G None provided adequate ingress / egress and clear zones are observed
  • I-L Residential uses - Same as R-G
    All other uses - None
  • I-G Residential uses - Same as R-G
    All other uses - None

 

Q: How many times may I split my lot before I have to do a subdivision?

A: Once, (two lots) after that, subdivision requirements will take precedence

 

Q: What is the minimum lot size required?

A: It depends on what zoning district you are located in.

  • R-E Twelve thousand (12,000) square feet
  • R-L Seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet, but not less than three (3) times the total floor area of the building
  • R-G Two (2) times the total floor area of the building, but not less than
    • 1) Six thousand (6,000) square feet for one-and two-family dwellings with one owner.
    • 2) Nine thousand (9,000) square feet for multifamily dwellings
    • 3) Two thousand (2,000) square feet for townhouses when clustered as three (3) or more units
    • 4) Twelve thousand (12,000) square feet for all other listed uses
  • B-G Two (2) times the total floor area of the building
  • I-L Equal to total floor area, but not less than six thousand (6,000) square feet
  • I-G Equal to total floor area, but not less than six thousand (6,000) square feet

 

Q: What are the design loads for our region?

  • Wind 90 mph
  • Snow 20 psf
  • Seismic Zone - B
  • IBC - 2015
  • Exposure - C
  • Frost Depth 40"

 

Public Health

Q: What is your collection schedule?

A: In general, the 90-gallon containers are collected on Tuesdays & Fridays and most of the residential 300-gallon containers are collected on Mondays & Thursdays. There are, however, some exceptions to this schedule. Commercial collection goes on 6 days a week Monday thru Saturday. If there are changes due to a holiday, those changes will be published in The Tribune or posted on the City Web.

 

Q: How much do you charge?

A: Because our charges vary according to the amount of refuse you have and what you want hauled away we ask that you call 754-3552 to obtain pricing information.

 

Q: I have very large items that will not fit in the dumpster, how do I dispose of these items?

A: If you have items too large for your container, simply leave them in the alley a short distance from your container and we will collect those items separately. Curbside collection customers need to call to arrange pick-up time.

 

Q: How do you handle tree branches?

A: The Sanitation & Parks Department uses a chipper to mulch tree limbs. Please call 754-3552 to schedule a pick-up time.

 

Q: What are the landfill hours?

A: The county landfill is open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Saturday. The landfill is closed on Sundays and major Holidays.

 

Q: How do we dispose of refrigerators and freezers?

A: These units need to have the Freon removed by a licensed operator. After that is completed, please haul them to the landfill for no charge, as the metal is recycled.

 

 

 

Message from the Mayor

 

 

   

I’ve sat at the computer a couple of times lately to write a column regarding city of Powell happenings. Each time I’ve been interrupted by a variety of issues – voicemail from a citizen about grass piling up in the alley, news of a water main break, questions regarding the next agenda, juggling schedules to set up a meeting, or the most common, funding needs for any number of important ideas.  Exciting stuff?  Mostly not. But important, yes.

 

Probably the most important thing we do as a city council is try and predict the future. Yup, get the crystal ball out, put your name on the line, and say I think this is the best plan of action.

 

Sure, there is engineering behind many important decisions. But all of that is predicated on what technology will change, what traffic patterns will change, what housing developments will be built, what businesses will start up. It is not uncommon in our discussions to say, ‘I wonder why the city made that decision 25 years ago.’ Thus, why I pause quite often and gaze into the future, crystal ball in hand.

 

Fortunately, I do not make decisions alone and the city is loaded with talented staff. At last week’s council meeting three honors of distinction were awarded for life-saving decisions on the part of our police department. Pretty awesome. Plus, our audit came back clean and unqualified.  The cool part is as we transition from some great veteran employees, the next generation is stepping up and carrying on the tradition of quality work at the City of Powell. Downtown is being readied for Christmas and getting a fresh look thanks to a combined city/community effort to replace the outdated flagpole banners. PEP and the Chamber have merged and are working hard to be a stronger unified voice for business and economic development. The golf course has wrapped up another season and more importantly is now debt free. Looking to the future, we are close to implementing electronic citations.  Hopefully most people will avoid dealing with these, but the process will increase our efficiency and save money by eliminating redundancy in record keeping. Behind all of this the water flows, lights come on and our trash is picked up. 

 

What I am trying to say is the Powell’s success comes from government, businesses and community organizations all wrapped up together. Boring and important decision happen every day – sometimes we don’t always know which is which. But I thank our qualified staff, dedicated volunteers and concerned citizens for staying involved in keeping Powell the quality city we strive to be.

 

I believe it’s important to listen, then deliberate, and always work to do our best to represent the citizens of Powell in our jobs.  I appreciate the voice mails, emails, and letters to the editors. Citizen input makes it much easier to predict the future.

 

 

 

 

 

John Wetzel

Mayor

City of Powell

 

jwetzel@cityofpowell.com

John Wetzel

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