Lander Community Center design contract signed

By Joshua Scheer, reporter,

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday night a contract for the design of the future community center with Plan One Architects.

Steering committee member Jack Nicholas raised concerns the contract would constrain the committee and the architects to a strict timeline. He said the committee received an e-mail from the architects that indicated designs for the first phase of construction needed to be done by Jan. 17. Nicholas was also concerned that it would restrict funds before they could be used as leverage for additional grants.

City Attorney Don Legerski said the contract does not set a schedule.

The contract does state the city’s anticipated date for starting construction is April 15, 2013.

“Both parties, however, recognize that such information may materially change and, in that event, the Owner and the Architect shall appropriately adjust the schedule,” the contract states.

City Clerk Robin Griffin also advised Nicholas and the council that the architect had requested the grant schedule.

“I’m sure everything is in line,” she said.

Councilor John Boulette asked if there would be any public meetings planned to discuss the community center.

Mayor Mick Wolfe said he’d like to have an informational meeting only. The steering committee, he said, was appointed to provide community input.

Councilor Cade Maestas said there was a plan for the steering and fundraising committees to get together in January to prepare a kick-off event to share plans with the public and begin fundraising.

“I think that’s a good idea,” Wolfe said.

The original Lander Community Center burned in a fire in late June.

Other city news:

– The council approved a first reading of an ordinance that would repeal two existing ordinances: Section 7-8-4 Leaving Child Unattended and Section 8-6-3 Bicycle Registration Required.

– An amendment to Ordinance 9-2-2.1 passed a first reading. City water/sewer bills are considered delinquent 20 days after the billing date. The change eliminates the use of certified mail or delivery by a police officer for a notice. The notice will be sent via U.S. Postal Service and posting the notice on the property. Ten days after notice is served, the city may shut off the water.