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City no longer requires $100 deposit for using parks

Mar 25, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Riverton City Council has amended the fee system for reserving city park facilities after discussion in a previous work session.

The amendment was approved unanimously; council member Jonathan Faubion was not present.

Omitted from the resolution was a $100 refundable deposit that reserving parties previously had paid to ensure they cleaned up after their event.

Riverton does not pay its employees to check the facilities after each event, but city staff members do visit each park every day for routine maintenance.

No cleanup deposit has ever been withheld, and city staff said the process of collecting the fee, completing necessary forms, taking responsibility for the money, and then returning it was not a good use of staff time.

Mayor Ron Warpness agreed with city staff that the deposit represented "extra work." He noted that if the city felt it was necessary to reinstate that deposit requirement in the future, the resolution could be changed again.

City administrator Steven Weaver echoed the mayor's comments, adding that the city's park reservation form still holds patrons responsible for clean-up and necessary repairs.

"This is not a ploy to tell the public that they can go out (and) trash our parks now and not do anything about it," Weaver said.

The $30 fee for reserving city parks remained in the resolution.

Other rules

The council is in the process of eliminating Riverton's ordinance pertaining to licenses for special investigators, taxicab and limousine drives, and tree trimmers. The change requires three votes, and it passed on first reading Tuesday.

City staff said the licenses brought little revenue to the city and created additional, unnecessary work for employees. Weaver said the service providers in question still will be required to follow regulations set by the state.

An amendment to the water main contract as part of the WyDOT Riverview Road Project also was brought forward to the council. A city staff report stated the contractor requested a revision to the water main replacement bid item, as the initial plans and summary table did not accurately indicate the proper number and type of fittings needed to complete the installation of the water main.

The amendment will cost the city an additional $41,000 and was included in the city's budget.

Acting public services director Dawn Willhelm also said there was "miscommunication during the design process," and the contractor was not aware that the city wanted to keep the existing water line live during replacement. As a result, workers accidentally hit the water main, causing water service disruption for several hours in that area.

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