County moving on several real estate fronts, including land grant to Riverton and Green Mountain park rehab

By Ernie Over, managing editor,

(Pavillion, Wyo.) – An on-again, off-again deal the Fremont County Commissioners and the City of Riverton have been working on for months will come to fruition in December, Commissioner Travis Becker told the Fremont County Association of Governments at its meeting in Pavillion this month. “We’re almost ready to do a gift to the City of Riverton, it’s a 6.5 acre parcel of the Major’s property adjacent to Jaycee Park,” he said. The land is a drainage area and will need to be cleared before it would become usable. City officials are considering a long-term project to develop a pathway along the drainage as an extension of the park, if and when the donation is finalized.

Becker also noted that the Commission is still looking at several options for a courthouse facility in Riverton. “We are still looking at several options whether we will build a new facility on the Majors property or buy an existing building,” he said. “We are now working with architects who specialize in courthouse security. We’re moving as fas as governments can move.”

In a report delivered to representatives from most of the county’s municipalities, Becker said the county had just passed a measure handed down by the State Loan and Investment Board that he said every community needed to be aware of. The new requirement would give local contractors a five percent preference in bidding jobs. “In order to qualify for reimbursement from the SLIB, counties and municipalities need to pass this language,” he said.

One other issue Becker discussed was a revamping of the Green Mountain Campground, which the Fremont County Recreation Board had received from the Lander school district. “The campground and park area is overgrown and we may need FCAG grant writing assistance for shelters and restrooms,” he said. “It’s another recreation opportunity for residents of the area and it’s perfect for mountain biking and, in the fall, a great campground for hunters.” The land is located at the base of Green Mountain just east of Jeffrey City. Becker said the project was being spearheaded by Cade Maestas, a Lander city council member and chairman of the Rec Board.