On the way out?

Members of the Laramie Plains Civic Center joint powers board are in the process of losing their positions, Laramie Plains Civic Center joint powers board Treasurer Tim Gaddis said.

“The city and county would vote to dissolve the joint powers board,” he said. “At that point those members are not appointed members of the joint powers board anymore, because it doesn’t exist.”

Gaddis said members of the board and the civic center’s foundation — who would take ownership of the building and its assets — as well as the Laramie City Council and the Albany County Commission are in favor of removing the board to make it easier for the civic center to receive grant funding.

“That would open up all of those funding avenues for them to get a lot more grant funding,” he said. “It allows for a lot more grant opportunities and a lot more funding opportunities for them to do bigger projects.”

After dissolving the board decision was brought to the council and commission attorneys, the board began working together to ensure all the entities complete everything to dissolve the board. Once the attorneys complete their work, removing the board would be brought back to the city council and county commission for a vote, Gaddis said.

“It has been given to all the attorneys to go through all the paperwork and fine tuning to make sure everything is done appropriately,” he said. “Once that is done, the city and county vote on it and it happens.”

It would take some time for the dissolving of the joint powers board to be voted on, but Gaddis said he would like to see it happen by Jan. 1.

“It just takes time just because of the schedules of the city council and the county commissioners’ timeframe to get things on agendas,” Gaddis said. “We would like to see it happen at the first of the year just because that’s the fiscal year for the foundation.”

Civic Center Executive Director Melissa Daniele said the joint powers board might go but the civic center will remain as it is, if the board’s responsibilities are conveyed to the foundation.

“I just want the public to know that the civic center will remain the civic center,” Daniele said. “We will continue to serve the community and to continue to fulfill the mission of offering affordable rental spaces for local nonprofits.”

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Gryphon Theatre

So is the City & County just giving away the building? What do the tax payers get out of this deal?

Ernest Bass

From Boomerang (9-9-2017): “If the civic center became a nonprofit organization, representation from the city and county could disappear and residents would not have control over a civic asset, Joint Powers Board member Robin Hill said. “My concern, however, is that the representation of the city and the county will just vaporize,” she said. “That means that the citizens will no longer have direct or indirect control over this civic asset.””

If the Joint Powers Board is dissolved the Civic Center Foundation would take ownership of the building and would be free to accrue as much debt as they wish, using the building as collateral, without having to first gain consent from the city and county. It is not, as stated in the above article, for the purpose of qualifying for grant money.

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