Jun 5, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff WriterThe addition originally was slated for the second phase of construction at Green Mountain.
Campers at Fremont County's Green Mountain Campground this fall might not have to go behind a tree to answer nature's call. Fremont County Recreation Board member Cade Maestas presented a plan Tuesday to include a bathroom in the first phase of renovation starting next week.
That day, Maestas told commissioners the park could be open as early as August.
The rec board is reconstructing facilities this summer in the 41-acre property in southwest Fremont County. Work is to rebuild camp sites, add new ones and construct a fence to keep out cattle.
A bathroom was also on the wishlist, but bids on the project in February came in too high to include anything but the basics. At the time, the plan was for a second, future phase of construction to add a bathroom and a group shelter, among other amenities.
Now, however, the rec board has been able to find $10,000 in its budget. Part of it came from receiving a lower-than-expected price for fencing materials.
A two-seat bathroom, Maestas said, would cost $28,000. On Tuesday, he asked the Fremont County Commission if it could find $18,000 more to give to the project to cover the balance of the restroom cost.
A bathroom is "essential" for campers and others using the area for recreation, Maestas said in an interview. The campground has one, but it does not meet code and is slated for demolition as part of the rebuild, he said.
Contractor Patrick Construction plans to start work next week, Maestas told commissioners. A crew from the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton also expects to start work on the fence for the park in the same timeframe.
Commissioners seemed to support the idea of adding a bathroom but did not jump to offer money.
Commission vice-chairwoman Keja Whiteman suggested the rec board could use its own money. It could use some of the funds it planned to award in grants this year, she said. The board also could wait to see if the first construction phase used all of the money set aside as a contingency.
Contingency funds for construction projects are used if unanticipated costs arise.
If nothing comes up and the money is left over, the board could put it toward a bathroom, Whiteman suggested.
The commission did not make a formal decision on the issue but could at a later date.
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