(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Commission Vice Chairman Travis Becker told the rest of the governing body that design work for the future Riverton Justice Center is ongoing, hopefully resulting a presentation of the next design sometime in October.
In mid-August, the commission approved moving forward with the second design phase.
“We had the architects in town last week, working with the entities,” Becker said during Tuesday’s meeting.
He said about 99 percent of the court security issues have been worked out. The head of Wyoming Supreme Court’s security has also agreed to review the final design, Becker added.
There has also been landscaping and masonry discussions. The plan currently is use a stone-stucco-like finish that will be low maintenance and comes pre-sealed.
Becker said he and Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough are working out kinks in a contract with Inberg Miller Engineers to drill five soil samples. The job is necessary for the architects to determine the type of foundation needed. Becker said the contract was 13-pages long for a $5,800 project. He hoped to have a contract ready for county approval next week.
Some concerns were raised about groundwater on the property in north Riverton on Major Avenue after the commission observed water in the basement of a house the county owns along the same road last week. Becker said that information will be taken into consideration in the design.
He noted architects from Reilly Johnson met with members of the City of Riverton’s planning department, going through code book and ensuring everything is in order.
“They’re very comfortable with the preliminary plans,” Becker said. “It went a lot better than I think most people planned.”
The driving force behind replacing the Riverton court facility was the discovery of a bullet hole last summer that pierced the exterior of the building and entered into the courtroom. Since that time the commission has surrounded the Riverton justice center, which also houses county attorney and sheriff’s offices, with Conex boxes for added protection. The entire project is estimated to cost $4,993,000.