Advisory: Jackson Town Council authorizes additional $700,000 in emergency funds for Budge Dr incident

By on April 14, 2014

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Teton County Emergency Management has distributed the following release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

$700,000 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS AUTHORIZED BY TOWN COUNCIL

Jackson, WY. Jackson Town Council authorizes additional $700,000 in emergency funds for Budge Drive incident.

The Jackson Town Council voted to authorize an additional $700,000 in emergency funds for the Budge Drive project in order for the incident command team and the Town of Jackson to design and install a buttress at the toe of the landslide behind the Walgreens commercial space and westward along Budge Drive and to continue all emergency operations including engineering and geotechnical consulting. Town personnel plan to meet with Walgreens officials tomorrow to discuss a design for a buttress to slow the slide. The Budge Drive landslide continues to move slowly approximately one inch per day and at some survey points movement up to 12 inches horizontally and 12 inches vertically since original measurements were taken. Survey points along the eastern and western edge of the slide show zero movement allowing engineering and geological experts to better identify the boundaries of the slide.

Unified Co Commander Cole Nethercott asked for understanding from residents in the neighborhood, “I want folks to understand that the sooner we get in to do this work, the more likely we can stabilize the hillside and get people back into their homes.”

There will be a water service interruption between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM for the Budge Drive residential units as Public Works crews work to cap the line from the Town of Jackson Water Pump Station to the 12 inch water main in order to relieve any pressure caused by continued movement of the hillside and pumphouse building. After this work is completed, limited water for residential use will be restored to the Budge Drive neighborhood.

Effective 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 14, 2014, residents outside of the identified high risk area will be allowed to return to their residences on foot under a release of liability. Residents will be advised that should they choose to return to their homes, they assume a level of risk and release incident command and the Town of Jackson from liability and they must secure permission from private property owners to cross their property in order to return. Residents will not be able to utilize Budge Drive to gain foot access to their units.

Effective 7:00 P.M., the high risk area identified in the Budge Drive neighborhood will become a ‘hard closure’ area and access will only be allowed for emergency personnel and response teams. Vehicle escorts back to homes in the affected area will cease. April 14 will be the last day for some time that residents will be able to be escorted back to their home by vehicle on Budge Drive.

The residential units that still remain under the evacuation order include 1023 Budge Drive, 1030 Budge Drive, 1040 Budge Drive, 1045 Budge Drive, Residences at 945 West Broadway (Hillside Residential Units), and 855 West Broadway (Walgreens Residential Units). The commercial units that still remain under the evacuation order have not changed and include Walgreens commercial space, Sidewinders Tavern, Ignite, and The Wine Shoppe & Spirits. Other residential units and commercial businesses in the Budge Drive area remain under an evacuation advisory. Residences that are downgraded to an evacuation advisory are reminded they will have limited utility services with no garbage service or ambulance service in particular.

Residents accessing their homes on foot are asked to not park in the private business parking lots of the Hillside complex as parking is limited and are reminded that permission is needed to cross private property to access their unit.

Evacuees needing sheltering assistance should go to the Red Cross Shelter set up at the Exhibit Hall at the Fair grounds.


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2 Comments

  1. The Common Sense Guy

    April 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I would like to know why this “buttress” = a projecting support of stone or brick built against a wall, has to come from Taxpayer money when it’s being build on Private Property? Also, how come it costs so much money?

    I also find it funny that while the hill is sliding, they continue to work on the landscaping in front of Walgreens? Anyone thought about it? Hellllooo?

  2. The Common Sense Guy

    April 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    More Interesting stuff!

    I just found out from another local website that the same engineers who designed Walgreens are now being hired to monitor the slide! :)))

    Here’s what I have to say: I understand that these guys from Jorgensen and Womack designed the project, but I believe the last people who gave the ok were the planners from the Town of Jackson and Teton County. How come the project was APPROVED? Did our local elected planners do their job? I don’t think so. They are too busy making regulations to restrain the private property rights. How come the TOJ has to hire a “consultant” for everything? I thought the people who work in the planning department had a job description which required sufficient knowledge to analyze and approve projects.

    Walgreens was required by Town and County to grade the lot and lower it in order to bring it into compliance with the New International Super Duper Fire Code. As if lowering the lot by 10ft would make a difference for a big fire truck or a huge ladder, like the one that was extended in the Whole grocer lot for a whole day. Heck, that ladder could reach on the other side of Walgreens from Broadway! When the Town and County required them to grade the lot, where they ever thinking of requiring them to reinforce the hill as well? Now, the Town wants to build a “buttress” (a projecting support of stone or brick built against a wall) on Taxpayer money, Not only that, but it’s also hiring consultants on Taxpayer money? Tell me, do you think this is right? I don’t think so. And the money approved for this is taxpayer money. And yes, the town and county are mostly funded by sales tax. We, the residents pay sales tax everyday we shop in Jackson. Check out the town managers report for more info on townofjackson.com

    Wake up Jackson! There must be other smart people with commons sense and logic who should voice their opinion. The hiring of consultants from out of state must stop. We should require our local planners and engineers to conduct these surveys and monitoring. After all, what are these guys getting paid for?

    Respectfully,

    Your local common sense resident.

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