By ballot vote, residents OK new 'Lucky 13' water district

Nov 13, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Seventeen Fremont County residents cast ballots Nov. 3 to determine to form a new local water district. All 17 voters were for the move, and on Nov. 10 the Fremont County Commission passed a resolution declaring the district's formation.

"It looks like it was overwhelming, so congratulations with that," commission vice-chairman Travis Becker told supporters during the meeting. "You have your district."

The election was held by mail ballot. The Lucky 13 water district will cover about 10 homes in a subdivision of the same name a quarter mile north of Lander.

Commissioners voted unanimously to form the district and notify the Wyoming Department of Revenue of the new entity. The commission also appointed five people to the district's board of directors. Voters supported the new board members in the election.

The first board is to include Coleman Griffith, Jamie Franzen, Marcus Mefferd and Vance B. White.

"It's all formed," deputy clerk Margie Irvine said in an interview. "Everything's done now, so they will meet and elect their officers and go from there."

The district will have the ability to levy a property tax, but proponents have said they hope not to do so. In addition to the 10 households in the subdivision, a couple of people own undeveloped land in the area, and one person has a shop on a lot there. The district would be limited to those properties.

A petition earlier this year from what are now district residents initiated the process.

of forming the entity.

Proponents thought creating the district would help Lucky 13 residents upgrade their water well, which they say is old and now insufficient for the needs of the subdivision. They think the water district could apply for state and federal grants or a loan to dig a new well.

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