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City of Riverton year in review reveals major goals met

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 10:55 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

2020 was a challenging year for any city government to thrive. The mayor of Riverton shared about how last year went for the city and goals for the future.

The Riverton City Council meeting this week revealed that they had met most of their goals for 2020, but the mayor said there’s always room for growth. For all the accomplishments, he said it’s thanks to a tremendous city staff, as well as the citizens. Riverton Mayor Richard Gard stated, “We have great city staff, there’s just no other way to say that, we have great committees that are made up of citizens of Riverton which drive the work that’s done at city hall.”

The mayor said a big goal achieved was hosting the annual balloon rally that was threatened to be canceled. Instead they ended up having 30 balloon pilots attend, which matched their largest year yet. “It’s a big deal for Riverton, and we relay enjoy the balloon rally, and the people of Riverton do, and it has a lot of draw from out of county and in county,” mentioned Mayor Gard.

Mayor Gard said it was 30 years in the making of being a fully staffed police department, and they’re so fortunate to finally have that accomplished. High support of law enforcement in the area may be of the reasons the police department was able to draw in officers from out of state where support may be lower, he noted. “Mostly because of our Chief of Police and that the environment where our police work is a pleasant environment. There’s lots of police right now that are leaving other locations and looking for work. They enjoy being a policeman but they don’t enjoy not being supported, and we truly do support our police here in Riverton,” emphasized Mayor Gard.

Another big goal met was the ability to dispatch calls out of Riverton rather than Lander, so 911 calls can be responded to even faster. The mayor said a few goals for this year are a dog park, possibly acquiring the Tonkin property currently owned by the school, and keeping the businesses open, employment numbers high, and continuing to bring more jobs to Riverton.

“What really makes that work is the citizens of Riverton, it’s not what the city is doing, it’s what the citizens are doing in Riverton,” stated Mayor Gard.

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, February 16th at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

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