City Council

With four meetings scheduled this week, the Laramie City Council is slated to tackle tax discussions, community partner funding, burying power lines and more tax discussions.

“(Monday) we will be the discussing what type of projects the city wants to do with the Sixth Penny,” Mayor Andi Summerville said.

The conversation is scheduled to continue at 4 p.m. Thursday with the Albany County Commission and residents of Rock River, but Summerville said a location had not been determined by press time Monday.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the council is slated to review the final reading of an ordinance amending various sections of the Laramie Municipal Code, which could affect where developers are required to bury power lines, preliminary plat expiration and alley development requirements.

“I’m expecting to continue to have a lot of conversation around the power lines,” Summerville said. “(The proposed ordinance) does require power lines to be buried, but it’s less in the current requirements. There are several areas in town where power lines are required to be buried per the current ordinance, which (the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance) has brought up as prohibitive to development because of the cost. This ordinance would lessen those requirements.”

The council could also reconsider a resolution authorizing a $11,666 cost share with the Laramie Regional Airport to aid in the cost of upgrading internet service to the Professional Airpark and Research Center, Cowboy Aviation, the terminal and administrative buildings, city documents state.

“This cost share is to extend conduit to eventually provide (fiber optic wires) out to the airport,” Summerville explained. “The airport has indicated to the city that it is critical to eventually get fiber out to the airport for future development and the airport itself.”

The resolution follows on the tail of Gov. Matt Mead’s ENDOW, or Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming, executive council’s January announcement that improving air service throughout the state was essential to diversifying the state’s economy.

“The airport in Laramie is absolutely critical infrastructure,” Summerville said. “I can’t think of anything more important than keeping it up and running.”

On Wednesday, the council is scheduled to host a joint meeting with the commissioners so the two organizations can review community partner funding applications.

“These presentations are always a good way to get an update on how these organizations are doing,” she said.

Scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., the commissioners and council will meet at city hall and listen to about 30 presentations from local nonprofit organizations and quasi-governmental agencies requesting money from the community partner funding program.

The Laramie City Council regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 406 Ivinson Ave.

A joint meeting between the Laramie City Council and the Albany County Commission is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 406 Ivinson Ave.

A joint meeting between the Laramie City Council and the Albany County Commission and Rock River residents Commission is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, but no location has been set.

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