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Riverton City Council votes to support WLRC via resolution

Jan 27, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Riverton City Council voted to approve Resolution 1268, a resolution supporting Lander's Wyoming Life Resource Center, at their regular meeting Tuesday.

The Lander City Council recently approved a similar resolution to support the center that provides medical care and services to people with mental disabilities and brain injuries. If House Bill 68 passes in the Wyoming Legislature, a study would be done at the center to determine if moving its clients to community programs would be better.

Mayor Ron Warpness said Lander Mayor Mick Wolfe contacted him and suggested they create a resolution to support WLRC.

"As mayor I want to do everything that we can to support our sister community, and when they call for help we want to try help them if we can," Warpness said.

Concern was expressed among Lander locals when they met with Wyoming Rep. Lloyd Larsen, R-Lander, during his recent visit to Lander from the Wyoming Legislative session in Cheyenne. The cost of transitioning the clients and the effects on them and their families are issues locals think still need to be addressed.

"It being the largest employer in Lander ... there's a concern that they may be trying to close down the Wyoming Life Resource Center," Warpness said. "We've been assured by several legislators that is not the case."

"I have my disappointments in studies," councilman Richard Gard said. "They actually have a tendency to turn into something that maybe wasn't recommended."