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Council remedies improper action and affirms DCI vote

May 31, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

After meeting illegally last week and taking action deemed null and void, the Riverton City Council convened Tuesday to reaffirm its decision regarding the bid award for a Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation building.

In the five-minute meeting, council members voted to move ahead with the DCI project after Mayor Ron Warpness had vetoed the board's decision May 15 that awarded a construction bid to Sehnert Systems for $360,371.

A special work session meeting that originally was published as a 7 p.m. meeting was instead convened at 6 p.m. May 23. The meeting violated Wyoming statutes for open meetings.

City officials deemed the time difference an oversight, and council members reconvened Tuesday to make the bid award for Sehnert Systems legal.

Councilman Richard Gard was absent from the meeting. Councilman Todd Smith and Warpness voted against awarding the bid for the DCI project.

Overriding the mayor's veto, the rest of the council voted to move ahead with construction of the DCI building that will allow construction on land the city obtained at the Riverton Regional Airport business park.

DCI currently leases an office at City Hall. The agency said it needs the additional space the proposed building would provide.

The city would own the building as a long-term asset and would have revenue coming from the lease. City leaders hope the deal would encourage industrial growth near the airport.

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