Field grows to five for council vacancies; deadline noon Friday

Jan 28, 2014 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

With three days remaining for Riverton residents to be considered for one of two Riverton City Council vacancies, a fifth person has entered the field.

Two council seats are open for Ward 1, which lies east of Federal Boulevard, and Ward 3, which covers area on the west side of town between Gasser Road and Riverview Road, as well as the Riverton Regional Airport vicinity.

Kyle Larson, who resides on the 1000 block of North 16th East Street, is the most recent candidate to submit his letter of interest for Ward 1. Waylon Oldman and Phil Lavoie are the other two who have filed for that seat.

Immediate past councilman Lars Baker and Martin Cannan have submitted their interest to represent Ward 3.

Baker resigned from his council seat in December in order to follow a technical requirement related to his Wyoming retirement benefits. He recently retired from the Fremont County Weed and Pest district and could rejoin the council after completing a 30-day separation.

All candidates are to be interviewed Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the regular council meeting. The appointments could be announced the same night.

Third for Ward 1

Larson has owned his home on the east side of town since 2001. He is a property owner who also has land and income investments in the city. Larson is also a mortgage broker out of his office in downtown Riverton.

He said he has had interest in the council seat in the past but felt no need to run against former council member for his ward Eric Heiser because he felt Heiser was "qualified" and was doing a "great job."

Heiser resigned from the seat in December after accepting a job as associate dean at a college in Utah.

Larson is most interested in the development of the city because of a natural gas demand that he said will require Riverton to improve and "progress."

"We're going to be in a period of growing," Larson said. "We're going to be an energy producer, and as such we have to plan for an expansion."

Zoning, building codes, property values, water supply, sewer systems, infrastructure and road maintenance are other topics he mentioned that will be critical in the growth of Riverton.

An interested candidate must reside in the ward they'd like to represent and be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter, and be at least 18 years old. Anyone interested need only submit a letter to Riverton City Hall by noon Friday.

Candidates for council seats

Ward 1

Kyle Larson

Phil Lavoie

Waylon Oldman

Ward 3

Lars Baker

Martin Cannan

Deadline to file is noon Friday

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