Cheyenne city council develops tech, innovation advisory councils, approves park upgrades and new police chief

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Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 12:11 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne city council approved of two resolutions Monday evening that create a pathway for Cheyenne in the technology and entrepreneurship field. The resolutions are to create a technology, innovation and entrepreneur advisory council.

Councilwoman Michelle Aldrich was the sponsor of the resolutions, she was determined and inspired to see them approved by the council; as a venture capital firm will be coming to Cheyenne in the near future. The purpose of these advisory councils is to help the city prepare and properly accommodate the mentioned businesses, which provide well-paying jobs, and contribute to the city’s growth in technology and entrepreneur infrastructure.

The Technology Advisory Council’s main focus will be to forward beneficial projects, researching issues and gathering public input: whilst promoting affordable access to information and communications technology, and advising effecting electronic civic engagement and electronic-government services.

In addition, many issues exist relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. However, to help relieve the issue, the council approved a resolution Monday sponsored by Councilman Pete Laybourn. Creating more accessibility to the Municipal building and around the city in compliance with ADA.

An ordinance was also introduced Monday that if passed would allow the council to suspend or revoke a business’s liquor license if they do not comply with state laws or city codes. Currently, the council does not have the authority to take this action, but can only consider those violations of law or code at the time of license renewal.

The ordinance still has two more readings and committee meeting before it can reach a final vote.

New playground equipment for Lions and Pioneer park have been approved to be applied this summer.

24th street mill/overlay contract was approved by the council, bringing the $1.16 million dollar project for the 24th Street Mill and Overlay project to fruition, as the expansion will result in stretching from Missile Drive to Warren Avenue.

Lastly, the council appointed Mark Francisco as Cheyenne Police Chief following Mayor Patrick Collins announcement last Wednesday on his decision for the position. Francisco will bring two decades of experience from Kansas, City Missouri.

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