Liquor licenses, multiple resolutions approved; mountain lion concerns discussed at Lander Council meeting

(Lander, WY) – The Lander City Council convened for a regular meeting last night, January 11th, marking the first Council meeting of 2022.

Two public hearings were held, one for a new liquor license for Mulino Bistro LLC, the other for 2022-2023 liquor license renewals for the previously scheduled/planned businesses.

While Mulino Bistro already had a liquor license, the business recently came under new ownership in the form of Joe and Angela Hammer, necessitating a new license rather than a transfer or renewal.

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Both items were later approved during the new business portion of the meeting.

Two tabled Resolutions were reopened and untabled for discussion, Resolution 1228 – “Creating job description for Community Development Coordinator,” and Resolution 1229 – “Amending Salary Structure.”

After some discussion about whether the job description was the newest version, Rachelle Fontaine of the City’s Human Resource Department stated that it was, and it was also determined that the job description can be amended as needed down the line.

Council Member Stuble moved to approve Resolution 1228, with Council Member Hulme seconding, and the motion passed with Council Member Cox voting no.

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Resolution 1229 was moved to be approved by Council Member Larsen, with Council Member Hulme seconding, and the motion was ultimately passed, with Council Member Cox voting no.

Ordinance 2021-6, “Amending Title 12, Section 12-3-3, Parks and Recreation to include City Park Rules,” was also approved, and there was a discussion about maybe adding a clause about not using generators in the park after a certain time.

Council stated there have been concerns voiced about noise issues, but Chief Peters said no one has filed any official noise complaints.

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It was decided that instead of incorporating noise rules into this ordinance, they could be physically posted in some capacity at city park at a later date, with Council Member Cox suggesting the possibility of the City providing electricity to avoid generator noise, which could also potentially be a form of revenue.

There was also an official proclamation presented by Council Member Cox, declaring January 23rd to January 29th as School Choice Week.

The Lander Journal was appointed as the City of Lander’s official newspaper, and Wells Fargo, Central Bank and Trust, First Interstate Bank, Wyoming Community Bank, Bank of the West and US Bank were appointed as the City’s official Depositories.

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Mayor Richardson was also authorized to sign three separate Easement and Right-of-way Deeds to property owners adjacent to Rodeo Drive, as well as an agreement between the City of Lander and Teresa Lozier for the cleaning of city hall and the police department.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Bryan Brown from Fagnant, Lewis & Brinda, P.C. discussed the financial report and noted two findings, including one “significant deficiency” concerning Internal Control over fixed assets, and one “material weakness” concerning identifying Federal grants.

Also of note, during the Council and Staff discussion portions of the evening, Chief Peters brought up the recently lethally removed mountain lion in Lander city limits, and once again stressed the importance not feeding deer and other wildlife within city limits.

The meeting adjourned after an executive session concerning litigation.

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