By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County School District 25 has offered its now-unused modular building to the county free of charge.
The Fremont County Commission has been kicking around the idea of procuring the building and moving it nearer to the Riverton courthouse to be used by the future juvenile day reporting center.
FCSD25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said during the school board’s meeting last Tuesday, it was decided to offer the building to the county for free on the condition the county pays all relocation costs.
At the board’s meeting Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn gave a presentation about the program that’s in the works, and the school district is in favor of the county’s proposed use of the modular.
The program is being developed as a way to continue education for juvenile offenders and keep them out of detention at the same time. The Fremont County Detention Center no longer takes juveniles inmates.
Earlier Tuesday, the commission during its regular meeting discussed the pros and cons of pursuing the modular building, ultimately deciding to wait and see how discussions went with the school board.
Maintenance Supervisor JR Oakley told the commission that an early estimate to move the modular and have it up and running would be about $40,000. He said the modular is not equipped with an axel or other items necessary for transportation. There would be additional requirements and costs. Due to the modular’s age (built in 1976), there would be be the need to add Americans with Disabilities Act changes to the exterior and possibly the bathroom, Oakley said. A power pole would also need to be installed at the site near the courthouse.
At the commission meeting, Oakley approximated the modular’s value at $2,500.
Commissioner Keja Whiteman said it “seems crazy” to spend $40,000 to move something that’s worth only $2,500.
Vice Chairman Travis Becker brought up the possibility of using an older home that the county owns and rents out for the reporting center. Oakley appeared to have a concern about that property and requested an executive session. The suggestion was dropped
Commissioner Stephanie Kessler said she would be ok with the modular as a temporary solution but wanted more information about the center’s long-term plans. Read more about the day reporting center here.
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Director Melinda Cox said she envisions using the modular as the teaching space for approximately six individuals. The Riverton group home, which has been discussed as a possible home for the center, could be used for other portions of the program, she said.
Formal action by the county on the modular has not yet happened and is not scheduled on the commission’s Tuesday agenda. The agenda is subject to change.