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Job Corps, 1 percent tax among city goals
Riverton city administrator Steven Weaver, right, led discussion on community goals for the Riverton City Council as city clerk Courtney Bohlender listened. Photo by Jamie Drendel

Job Corps, 1 percent tax, fiscal performance among city goals

Mar 28, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

The Riverton City Council has set and discussed five goals for the city to focus on in 2012.

During the council's March 20 meeting, city administrator Steven Weaver listed the goals -- defining a strategy to pass the 1 percent tax, staying fiscally responsible, beautifying and keeping safe the existing community assets, developing a master plan council assessment, and working on the Job Corps center -- and addressed ways to get the community more involved.

Concerning the additional 1 percent sales tax, which would generate extra revenue for streets, roads, bridges, water and sewer utilities, the council said it would like to organize neighborhood "captains" to determine which streets in their neighborhoods should get first priority.

The tax will appear for approval on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Staying fiscally responsible would include monthly finance and project reports along with a semi-annual fiscal health report.

The beautification and safety of existing community assets goal deals with exploring funding and promoting education on the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center, improving park enhancements, developing a parks watch program, coordinating an alcohol treatment program for chronic offenders, addressing safety concerns in parks and trails, forming a graffiti abatement task force, and encouraging city park activities through church-sponsored activities, recreation and more family-oriented events.

Weaver said when he first moved to Riverton, he was told not to take his children to City Park because of its uneasy reputation.

"If we never take our kids to City Park, though, then we are encouraging the idea that it is unsafe," Weaver said.

Council members said they want to encourage the community to report any issues to the police to resolve the problems at City Park.

"Staff believes as we enhance the park and make it look the best possible, and we start to use it, then the reputation will change, and more people will use it," Weaver said.

The master plan goals focus on education and what the City of Riverton has accomplished so far, in addition to what will happen in the future.

The final goal Weaver discussed during the meeting dealt with the long-delayed Wind River Job Corps Center and the council's focus on getting Wyoming's congressional delegation and governor to apply pressure to the U.S. Department of Labor to build the facility as promised.

"I believe if we apply pressure in ways of writings letters, verbal conversations, and making it a priority to send our delegates to Washington, D.C., we might get the ball rolling," Weaver said.