Riverton Council to act on permit streamlining ordinances; FORCC recommendations

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton City Council tonight will have the third and final reading on ordinances streaming permitting processes within the city for Child Care, Catering and Home Occupation Permits. Those permits previously were approved by the City Council, but the new ordinances switch approval to the city’s administrative staff and reduce the amount of time it takes to obtain a permit.

Riverton Police to present Citizen Awards at tonight’s city council meeting

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton City Council meets in regular session tonight at City Hall. The agenda is light for the meeting, with only one action item on the agenda and Citizen Awards to be presented by Police Chief Mike Broadhead. The awards will be presented to Laurie Morgan, Angela Bihr who assisted an unconscious driver on Oct. 11, 2013 and to Zachary Wednt, who was calm under literal fire when his home caught ablaze and he followed dispatcher’s instructions to the tee.

Riverton City Council to only consider minutes, payment of bills at Tuesday meeting.

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Tuesday night’s meeting of the Riverton City Council could be one of the shortest of the year, due to the election. The only items on the agenda are declaration of a quorum, approval of the agenda, and the consent agenda. Items in the consent agenda include approval of the minutes from the 0ct. 16th regular council meeting, the Nov. 5th Finance Committee meeting and approval of the Finance Committee Recommendations on payment of city bills.

Lander Council extends golf course lease one year; finalizes Airport Board reorganization

The Lander City Council met Tuesday night and after discussion at a pre-meeting work session, agreed to a one-year contract extension on a lease for the Lander Golf Club.  The city annually contributes $47,000 to the golf club, which maintains the 18-hole course, but poor weather this past spring prevented usual operations during April, May and most of June. It was the second year in a row with a poor weather spring, which impacted the club’s budget and, thus, maintenance of the course.  The lack of maintenance was cited as a concern by Council President Nancy Weber.
Representatives from the club’s board attended the meeting and spelled out a variety of solutions, included increased annual dues charged to members as a way to bring the course back up to shape. The club is also working on a reconfiguration of the clubhouse to allow ‘all ages’ use of the restaurant tables, which are now considered part of the club’s liquor license serving area and off limits to underage patrons. The reconfiguration, which would involve installation of a low-cost partial partition to create a barrier between the bar and restaurant, could solve the problem and preserve the club’s requirement for a liquor license.
Councilors Tuesday night also agreed to an exchange of property that would give the city ownership of the land where the “Lander” welcome sign is located just east of the  intersection of Highways 287 and 789 adjacent to McDonald’s. In exchange, the owners of the Holiday Lodge would receive access to a parcel adjacent to their property. The agreement will now be advertised with the public having an opportunity to comment on the action.
In other business, the council completed the reorganization of the city’s Airport Board, bringing it into compliance with state statutes that provide for a maximum five-member board. Previously, there were seven members on the board.
A Homeland Security grant for the Lander Police Department was approved.  The grant, from the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, totals $17,981.52. It is the third year in a row that the LPD has received a Homeland Security grant.“It really helps our budget, especially with equipment purchases,” Chief Fred Cox said Tuesday morning. “We’ll use this year’s grant for a wide array of tactical, equipment and communication needs. In prior years, grant money was used to help fund two four-wheel drive vehicles for the department, including a Ford Expedition and a Ford Explorer. “We didn’t have any four wheel drive vehicles in our fleet and this grant helped us get these vehicles, which are especially useful in the winter months,” Cox said.

City council members also approved the first pay request from Shepard Construction totaling $15,300 for the initial stage of a remodeling project at the Child Development Services building and adopted a plan with language to complay with state statutes regarding hiring preferences for Wyoming resident design firms.