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North Federal plans aren't necessarily ideal, but they are reasonable

Mar 7, 2013 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton

Editor:

Wow. What a night we had at the city council meeting Feb. If you missed it, you missed a real show. We had chicken shirts, chicken neckties, and chicken hats.

It was quite an event, brought to you by Councilman Smith. He is the councilman we can all thank (blame) for bringing up this subject. The council voted to allow one dozen chickens per family in the City of Riverton, with some minor regulations. It has been an interesting discussion with a humorous ending to a serious topic.

Another topic of great importance was voted on that same evening. That being the amenities that will be planned for the North Federal rebuild in 2014.

After a great deal of community discussion, public meetings and then council discussion regarding the direction that the council would like to make on this very important project for our community. It was decided that we would like to have decorative luminary lights from Main Street north to Sunset Avenue.

I would have liked to have seen the lights go the full length on the project, clear out to Burger King. That was not the will of the council however.

Regarding trees, it was decided to not put in trees at this time but only put in the "drip system" that will allow trees in the future.

Once again, I would have liked to have seen us put in the trees and grates during the project such as we have on Main Street. Perhaps that will still happen in the not too distant future. We will have to see.

We also voted to have widened sidewalks where ever possible for better public accessibility.

All of these projects will only be realized if the funding can be found. No one on the council, myself included, is interested in taking on debt for these projects that cannot be paid for by solid revenue streams within the normal budget process. This will include WYDOT grants, state grants and other funding. With this direction from the council, the senior staff for the city can now start working on trying to find funding to enhance one of our main entrances to the city we all love.

While these decisions were not everything that I had hoped for, they are a reasonable compromise given the circumstances.

I personally want to thank everyone that has entered into the discussion and participated in the process.

I especially want to thank the council members for their patience and good will.

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