By June Bonasera, Business Editor, County10.com
(Dubois, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Association of Governments met Thursday evening for their March meeting at the Dubois Assisted Living Center. The meeting began with a tour of the 24-unit facility that is scheduled to open by July 2013, led by community leader Carol Petera, a driving force in the planning, development, fundraising and construction of the center, named ‘Warm Valley Lodge.’
Topics discussed in the meeting included recent legislative actions and their impacts on the county and municipalities. Of note was the bill signed by Governor Mead allowing Wyoming to enter into a multi-state lottery or start a state lottery, the law going into effect on July 1. It was reported that the first $6 million in lottery revenue would be appropriated to Wyoming counties, cities and towns, with the balance going to a school endowment fund. More details are yet to be determined.
Updates from Fremont County communities included recaps from the following representatives:
Riverton- Mayor Ron Warpness noted that Riverton had recently ‘put its chickens to roost’ referring to the recent ordinance passed allowing residents to house chickens within city limits and the ensuing light hearted press coverage and ‘awards’ associated with the decision. He also noted that recently, word had gotten back to him that it was erroneously stated that the Fremont County 1 percent infrastructure tax would be used to build a new cancer treatment center in Riverton and wanted to set the record straight.
County- County Commissioner Travis Becker updated the group on the latest developments with the proposed new Justice Center. He noted that a location for the facility has been determined, a two-acre property known as the Major site in Riverton. An architect is working on schematics for the project, with May 1 set as the goal to go to Cheyenne to seek help with funding for construction. Becker noted that the center will contain a court room, sheriff’s offices and attorney offices and was careful to report that it will not house prisoners. Becker also brought copies of the BLM’s Resource Management Plan, two manuals totaling 1,700 pages that the county has 30 days to review and submit comments on.
Pavillion- Mayor Gary Hamlin stated the town had hired a new maintenance supervisor who is currently in the process of receiving certification for waste water management, DEQ and other requirements. A water improvement project will go out to bid in July with construction slated to occur between August and November 15. He also reported there were no new mountain lion problems, nor chicken issues on a lighter note.
Shoshoni- Mayor Scott Peters reported that Shoshoni’s floodplain issues have been “put to bed.” Back in August, the Federal Government had declared that all of Shoshoni was in a flood plain (which it wasn’t). Peters also reported that Shoshoni was working on getting tree crews to remove the dead Chinese Elms in the town park and rest area and will be replanting new trees this year in those locations.
Dubois- Mayor Twila Blakeman reported that the Dubois Assisted Living Center would open on July 1 or before and that cleanup work on the balance of the Sawmill site (approximately 55 acres) would begin once final approval from the EPA was received. Blakeman also noted that a $500,000 sewer improvement project would take place between April and October 2013.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 8 p.m.