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Bailey voted city council president; committee members set

Jan 7, 2018 From staff reports

Mike Bailey is the new Riverton City Council president. Fellow council members voted him in to the position Tuesday during the council's first meeting of 2018.

Councilman Kyle Larson was named the panel's vice president.

In the case of the absence of the mayor, the president steps in to lead the meetings. The president also is authorized to sign certain documents in place of the mayor.

Officials

The council approved Mayor Lars Baker's recommendation to appoint municipal judge Teresa McKee at a salaried rate of approximately $3,880 per month. She is listed as a city employee.

Aaron Vincent was appointed the alternate judge and will be paid an hourly rate of $100.

Also appointed was Rick Sollars as city attorney, with an hourly rate of $125 for services rendered.

Staff noted that the city spends anywhere from $55,000 to $70,000 per year on the appointed officials.

Committees

Baker also appointed council members to 16 community committees, including the finance committee, Riverton Regional Airport Board, Fremont County School District 25 Recreation Board, Board of Appeals, Senior Center Endowment, Paws board, So-lutions Committee, Fremont County Prevention Coalition, Splash Pad Committee, Tribal committee, and the Fremont County Commission liaison.

Each council member serves on two to four committees. Some of the boards are city sponsored, while others are external organizations over which the city has no control, staff noted.

Council members are welcome to attend board or committee meetings even if not assigned to them, but the attendance of four or more council members at one meeting initiates a quorum.

Designations

The council handled other first-of-the-year actions, including designating official depositories for the transactions of city funds. The six banks approved by the council were Bank of the West, Central Bank and Trust, First Interstate Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Wyoming Community Bank.

The Ranger was designated as the city's primary means of publication. Per statutory regulations, the city is required to designate a newspaper as the official means of publishing documents such as public meeting notices, minutes and salaries. City staff confirmed that The Ranger is the only periodical in the community that has the basic standards required by state statute to receive the legal designation.

Public notices are paid advertisements. The Ranger bills for the space at a substantial discount from normal retail advertising.

Approval

The council also approved the transfer of ownership of a retail liquor license. The license, located at 400 North Federal Boulevard, transferred from Tristar Investments to Rustworks LLC. According to the application submitted to the city, the former Back Bar business there is now owned by Kyle Vassilopoulos with the Lander Brewing Company, Rustworks LLC and Jim Mitchell of Jackson.

A 10-foot alley located at 1001 West Main Street that has not been used as such was officially vacated by the city for Wyoming Medical Properties LLC. The council approved on third and final reading the vacation of the alley now owned by Fremont Radiology. The business suggested plans to utilize the area for additional parking.

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