Updated at 6:45 p.m. to correct the name of the District 24 Rec Board’s Travis Park.
By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – Representatives from Fremont County’s municipalities met last week in Shoshoni to share news about their community and to discuss common concerns.
Shoshoni Mayor Scott Peters reported that his town’s sewer lagoon project should be going by late summer or early fall. He also reported that the main sewer line through town is outdated and crumbling, and that it is slated for replacement this summer. In prior years, other sewer lines throughout the town have been replaced.
He said the town is upgrading its library, housed at the Senior Citizens Center, and is now advertising for a librarian.
One of Peters’ pet projects since taking office has been sprucing up the town to improve Shoshoni’s image. He said the town’s trees look great in the winter time, “but not so much in the summer.” That’s because many of the town’s old cottonwoods have died. He said the town is embarking on a plan to replace the trees as much as they can, and as the budget allows. He said a new town park will feature new trees and some new playground equipment. Others at the meeting suggested sources of trees and other means of assistance in ridding the town of its dead and dying trees.
The mayor noted that the town will have a new Chief of Police in place by March. He said that in the interim, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department is providing law enforcement services in the town with a deputy who lives there. “We’ve had no gap in coverage,” he said.
Peters also said the District 24 Rec Board will be getting new playground equipment for its Travis Park thanks to a grant from the “Kaboom, Let’s Play” Community Grant Program from Snapple and Dr. Pepper. Construction of the new playground is set for April 27th and volunteers are welcome to help.
Pavillion Mayor Gary Hamlin reported that his town is in the last stages of replacing its long time maintenance supervisor, Larry Zoller, has is retiring from the job that he has held for decades. He also noted that the Wind River School in Pavillion is receiving a modular structure from Fremont County BOCES that will ultimately be used for a school-based cllinic when funding is found. In the interim, Hamlin said the building will house a pros-school program.
On the topic of playground equipment, Hamlin said his town needs to upgrade playground equipment there “that is old and inadequate.” He also said the rest rooms in the town park need to be upgraded as well. “If not this year, then next,” he said, “depending if we can find the funds.”
Hamlin said Pavillion now has the funding in place for the Wyoming Water Development improvement project. He said the project is being timed to coincide with installation of the many cistern systems for homes east of the community impacted with contaminated water wells. Pavillion will provide the clean water for the cisterns in much the same way that Lander and Riverton have water distribution sites in their cities. “I hope we can start this summer,” he said. “It will be a two month-long project.”
Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness said his city council is to consider finalizing an ordinance allowing chickens to be raised in the community, and deciding on what kind of improvements could be made to North Federal Boulevard when that route is reconstructed in two years. “I’ve been accused of trying to make Riverton look like a Norman Rockwell painting, and I stand guilty,” Warpness said. “I don’t want North Federal to be a just super highway for people speed through town, I want people to slow down and stop and visit our businesses. This rebuild will be in place for the next 30 to 40 years and we need to spend some dollars on it.”
New Lander City Council Member Dick Hudson represented Mayor Mick Wolfe at the meeting. He said the project to replace the Lander Community Center is well underway and that a citizen’s committee there is doing the bulk of the work. He said the architect on the project is keeping a western theme for the new center to retain the ambiance of the former center that was destroyed by fire last July. “We’ll be releasing bids for the construction in April. It looks real good, ” he said.
Wyoming Business Council Regional Director Roger Bower said the scoping process is underway for an environmental impact statement for the Moneta Divide Natural Gas play in eastern Fremont County. “This will provide huge revenues for the county and the state.” He said he is hoping the 3.5 year time line for the EIS can be shortened somewhat by using a prior Environmental Analysis in the area for a project that was never started. Bower also reported that Cameco Uranium will not be starting its Gas Hills project this summer as originally planned, “due to some cultural work outside of their immediate production area that needs to be completed.” He said company officials said they should have approval to begin by next year.
Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman did not attend the meeting, although she will host the next FCAG meeting on March 14th in her town.