ROCK SPRINGS – There was little discussion as the Rock Springs City Council unanimously voted to approve a payment to Plan One Architects for $136,355 for designs to be used in the rehabilitation of the old Bunning Transfer Depot Building downtown.
Recently the URA moved from the building in Bank Court to occupy the old transfer building. Jeff Pedersen, Urban Renewal Agency Director, said while the offices will be in the front of the building, once the rehabilitation is finished they will be able to host events like a Winter Farmer’s Market.
He added it would be big enough for car shows and to move the farmers market indoors if bad weather arises. The city budget on the project is $1,120,000. Plan One Architects’ scope on this project will be for the design of the rehabilitation project and to help the city with the bidding process when its ready to go out to bid.
Sweetwater Station went through the second reading with no comments on the change to allow horses on smaller lot sizes. At the next council meeting, after going through the third reading the council will take action.
The issue came forward after a potential tenant wanted to bring horses to the subdivision.
The property was set up because there was no place in Rock Springs that allowed horses. After investigating the issue, they found the subdivision passed through all the proper steps but was not up to the ordinance about lot sizes and horses. The change is to allow horses to be on the smaller lot size due to an error in the City’s process of approving the subdivision.
While several letters were written against the proposed change, only home owner Dr. Tom Spicer has spoken to the council in person about the change.
Street closures and outdoor events
The council unanimously approved a request to close B Street between Reed and Alder on Sept. 21 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Ward I Block Party. Stith said it was to thank the residents of Ward I for all their support for the past few years.
The council also unanimously approved two outdoor parties for the Office Lounge. The fist will be on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for a poker run fundraiser for a local cancer patient. The second in on Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for an end of summer party.
Three positions in the city are now ready to be advertised as the council approved to declare vacancies on the positions. They include a new alternate municipal judge, theater coordinator and golf course professional.