(Riverton, Wyo.) – The vacancies on the Riverton City Council from Ward I and Ward III are scheduled to be filled Tuesday night following interviews with the six candidates. As reported Friday, the field for the two open seats includes four residents of Ward I seeking to fill the seat formerly held by Eric Heiser, and two candidates seeking the Ward III seat formerly held by John “Lars” Baker.
The field in Ward I includes former council member Betty Malicki, who earlier served one term on the council, plus newcomers Phil Lavoie, Waylon Oldman and Kyle Larson. In Ward III, the candidates are Martin Cannan and former council member John “Lars” Baker. After retiring as Supervisor of Fremont County Weed and Pest in December, Baker was also forced to resign his council seat to avoid violating Wyoming Retirement System rules. He had made contributions in both his county and city positions, and could not draw retirement while employed by either. The rules stated that Baker had to sit out 30 days before being eligible to serve in a city position once again.
According to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, there will be a “Meet and Greet” for the prospective council candidates at 5:45 p.m. at the council chambers, followed by a 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee meeting and the council’s regular 6:45 p.m. pre-meeting. The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. The candidates will be interviewed, separately, and then the council will choose the two successors and they will be sworn into office.
Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include public hearings and first readings of two ordinances, a rezone request for 1415 West Monroe, and a revision of the Main Street Sign ordinance so signs there would not extend over the space allowed for the city’s decorative lighting.
Director of Administrative Services Courtney Bohlender will also present a budget amendment for the council to consider. To keep line items in balance, transfers are proposed from reserve and unencumbered appropriations (transfers within the budget) in the General Fund of $672,838, Sewer Fund of $421,247, Airport Fund of $47,700 and $25,000 for the Senior Citizen Endowment Fund.
Acceptance of an Engineering firm recommendation from the Riverton Regional Airport Board and number of catering permits are also up for approval.
The agenda is copied below: