1/4 cent sales tax banter and N. Federal project updates at RECDA meeting this morning
Air Service? There’s a roadmap for that
Amy Surdam, Wyoming Aeronautics Director, joined the Riverton Economic and Community Development Association (RECDA) monthly meeting this morning to provide a comprehensive update on Wyoming’s initiatives to support air service to Riverton (and others). As Cheyenne’s air service woes were discussed and as the news was shared regarding the suspension of Great Lakes Airlines service, RECDA Chairman Alan Moore took the opportunity to highlight that “It appears that we made good decisions along the way. While we were very apprehensive about having two airlines in here and that we may not be big enough to support two airlines…but, we can still fly.”
It appears that we made good decisions along the way. We can still fly. – Alan Moore
Much regarding the steps to be taken for the coming year was discussed. However, one bit of banter that perked ears was when the proposal that we consider introducing a 1/4 cent sales tax to help fund the Minimum Revenue Guarantee (MRG) that will inevitably be required to pay to attract a carrier to Riverton.
“Are you a Tigger or are you an Eeyore?”
Cody Beers (Riverton), Public Relations Specialist for WYDOT updated attendees on the $14M N. Federal project. In his typical lighthearted manner, he opened by making the point that there are two ways to look at a project like this. Some may adopt the Eeyore perspective, while others are embracing the excitement surrounding the upgrade to Riverton, as Tigger would and are offering assistance. “Pizza Hut was gracious and allowed us to close their entire Federal access because they have the access on Park,” reported Beers. “It’s that type of attitude that will help us move the project faster down the street.” The Winnie the Pooh references weren’t lost on the RECDA crowd. The underlying point: Let’s be Tiggers. Got it CB.
Among the updates:
- It’s an all-Wyoming construction team. Contractor (S&S Builders) is from Gillette.
- 65% of the workers currently on the project are Tribal members, trained and provided through the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO).
- Currently, there are no left-hand turns inside the work zone to keep traffic on Federal moving.
- Current road closures are E. Washington and E. Fremont.
- There is a weekly Public Meeting, 10:00 a.m. every Thursday at Riverton City Hall for those that are interested.
- For real-time updates on the project, you can visit the #RivertonRebuild page on County10.com (a WYDOT – County 10 partnership).