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City appoints consultant for Federal rebuild

Jul 19, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

Riverton City Council members voted July 3 to appoint Jim Gores with Gores and Associates to provide consultant planning services for the North Federal Boulevard reconstruction project, which is slated to begin in 2014.

Public services director Bill Urbigkit said the city advertised a request for qualifications to firms interested in performing the planning of the Federal Boulevard rebuild from Washington Avenue to the Burger King on North Federal Boulevard.

"We had two firms submit statements of qualifications from James Gores and Associates, teamed with West Plains Engineering of Casper, and Sage Civil Engineering of Cody, teamed with Aeroland Planning of Denver," Urbigkit said. "It was the recommendation of the reviewers to award it to Jim Gores and Associates as the consultant."

Councilman Richard Gard said he had been involved with the project and thought Jim Gores was a confident engineer who would do the job correctly.

Urbigkit said the consultant would serve as a facilitator for the reconstruction along Federal Boulevard.

"I think we all want a finished project that everyone in this town can be proud of," Urbigkit said. "I'm not going to kid myself that everyone is going to be happy with decisions made about Federal Boulevard, but I do want to get the public's input."

Following the model for the Main Street project, city staff applied for and was granted a community development block grant planning study to assist the city in moving forward with the North Federal Boulevard project. Gores and Associates will facilitate the citizens planning committee work, coordinate between the committee, city and WyDOT in helping to identify and procure funding for selected enhancements, and give a final report to council members.

The grant is for $44,796 and the city has budgeted $12,500 for a total project cost of $57,296.

Gard said he wanted to make sure the consultants felt they were being listened to.

"We are coming to a point with this project where it is going to be costing us a lot of money," Gard said.

Mayor Ron Warpness agreed with Gard that it would be a costly project, but he thought having a professional person on hand would help in the process.

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