by nathan oster
Greybull’s new mayor is eager to get to work.
“I’ve received a lot of positive input and I think people are excited,” said Myles Foley, who officially took the oath of office during a special meeting Friday night at Town Hall. “I am looking forward to continuing on with the positive changes that we’ve already started, really since the (2012) election.”
With Foley at the helm and Scott Mattis and Rod Collingwood in the wings alongside Clay Collingwood, the Greybull Town Council will gather for its first meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 12.
Foley said he’s spent a lot of time, since the election, “studying up on rules, what I can and cannot do, what appointments I can and cannot make. A lot of that’s going to happen at the next meeting.”
Unlike his predecessor, Foley said he doesn’t plan to maintain regular office hours at Town Hall. The owner of the Historic Hotel Greybull, Foley said he’s always available and usually pretty easy to find in the downtown area.
“I’m just going to see what the job requires,” he said. “Paul’s (Thur’s) job is to be the town administrator, so his job is to run the day-to-day operations. I’ll go in as needed and do whatever I have to do: make calls, sign papers, go to meetings, that sort of thing.”
Foley said he’s in a place, professionally, where he can devote more time to the town. A constant tinkerer and craftsman, he’s finished and opened a conference center alongside his hotel at the corner of Sixth Street and Greybull Avenue. He’s also finished his wood shop and in the spring plans to open a candy store/ice cream parlor in the building that is now home to Cricket’s Corner consignments and the Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center. The plan is to staff the building with a worker who will keep it open nights, for tourists passing through town.
Foley has set a number of goals for the first year of his four-year term.
Near the top of his list is the Greybull Police Department.
“We still have things that we need to get worked out, and that need to be resolved,” he said.
Beyond that, he said he wants the town to continue down the course toward getting its levee recertified, finishing the industrial park rehabilitation and continuing to find ways of capitalizing on the tourist dollars that pass through the community every year.
“The Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting will be back open next summer, we’re working on finalizing our advertising for the lodging tax, and at the hotel, we’re getting tons of inquiries for rooms for this next summer,” he said. “So it’s got the potential to be a good year.”
Foley said he wants the town to continue working on a splash pad/outdoor pool concept. Because grants are more readily available, he believes priority one should be the splash pad. “I think it’s something we can get in pretty quickly,” he said.
“Overall, tourism is something I’m really going to work on. I think the chamber’s doing a great job. Selena (Brown, the chamber executive director) is doing a great job. We’re making progress. Exciting things are happening.”