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City opts for some fancier lighting on N. Federal; no trees for now

Feb 26, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Amenities for the North Federal Boulevard reconstruction project in Riverton have been selected.

After incorporating input from the North Federal Boulevard Planning Committee, planning experts and the general public, the Riverton City Council decided in favor of decorative lights from Main Street to Sunset Drive, a water line for future tree plantings, and wider sidewalks.

No new trees will be part of the initial rebuild.

Now that the council has decided on the options, the city will seek funding. To avoid impacting the city's budget, city staff will seek grants.

"Grants will be pursued actively by city staff on what you choose," public services director Bill Urbigkit told the council and mayor on Feb. 19.

If no grant funding can be secured, the plans can be changed with approval from the mayor and city council.

Urbigkit reminded the council that many options were envisioned when improving Main Street in 2004 but not all were carried through due to lack of funding.

"This gives us guidance on how to proceed," Urbigkit said.

In 2014, the Wyoming Department of Transportation is set to begin its own improvements on the sidewalks and utilities in conjunction with a full reconstruction of the busy commercial street. The city has the opportunity to add enhancements to the basic plan at its own expense.

Looking forward to the possibilities for funding options, Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness agreed that the decisions the council made would still come with ample time to be changed before the project actually begins.

"We have a year to work on the funding for this," he said.

The council considered extending the decorative lights farther north to the Webbwood Road intersection, but the mayor was the only one voting for that option. The majority of the council voted for the decorative lights stopping at Sunset Drive and the rest to be "cobra head" lights, similar to those already in place.

Benches, trash containers and colored sidewalks also were considered, but none got enough votes to be recommended.

The water line installation would permit trees to be planted along the route in the future.

Urbigkit also said that for many grants, resolutions can be presented to the council to approve or not approve before the city applies for the money.

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