Busy night at July 6th, Riverton City Council meeting

(Riverton, WY) – The Riverton City Council convened on Tuesday, July 6th, for a regular meeting.

The firework permit application for the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally was approved unanimously, as was Ordinance No. 21-006 regarding revisions to the alcoholic beverage code, and Ordinance No. 21-008, amending Title 17 Commercial C-1 Zoning districts.

Also discussed and approved was Ordinance No. 21-009, concerning light manufacturing in commercial zoned property. This ordinance would reportedly allow more flexibility for businesses that may decide to begin some form of light manufacturing.

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Kevin Kershisnik, Executive Director of IDEA Inc., spoke in favor of the ordinance, stating, “This gives us an opportunity to modernize zoning and vertically integrate. This could also open up additional funding resources at the state level to manufacturers in the local area.”

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Kevin Kershisnik speaks on behalf of Ordinance No. 21-009.

Ordinance No. 21-014, concerning the potential adoption of a Strong Mayor form of government, was discussed at length, and ultimately failed to pass.

However, it was brought up during the Council Members’ Roundtable and Mayor’s Comments section of the evening that there may be amendments made to the proposed ordinance, which could then see further discussions at future Council meetings.

A follow up discussion from last week regarding the West Main Water Project change order was continued, after Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield was able to provide updated budget numbers.

The project was initiated due to what was deemed “an emergency situation,” where it was discovered that more line needed replaced. The damaged lines were reportedly resulting in a loss of about 3 million gallons of water per month.

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Initial budget numbers put the project around $34,000, but according to Butterfield, this estimate was raised to $59,302 after it was discovered the asphalt would need to be paved at 6 inches rather than 4, plus a size change in trenches after concrete structures were also found. The Water Enterprise should be able to fund the project in full.

The change order was eventually approved, along with an airport lease agreement for Road Forward, and an application for an Airport Rescue Program grant that could make $59,000 in funds available to the Central Wyoming Regional Airport.

During the Council Members’ Roundtable, Council members Salisbury and Borders encouraged folks to get out to the Riverton Happy Days events at City Park this Saturday, July 10th.

It was also announced that the Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous would be taking place at the 1838 Rendezvous site after moving from the Musselshell, MT location. This will be from July 9th through the 17th, and County 10 will provide a more in-depth look at this event in the oncoming days, which can be found here.

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