Royalty granted audience with Riverton City Council at Tuesday’s meeting

Little Miss Tot Riverton, Payton Westmoreland, left, and Little Miss Riverton Ker’re Merchen sought permission to promote recycling in Riverton at Tuesday’s city council meeting. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A Tuesday’s regular city council meeting in Riverton, Mayor Ron Warpness and council members were greeted by royalty from the Little Miss Wyoming Scholarship Pageant. Ker’re Merchen and Payton Westmorland appeared before the council seeking permission to conduct a recycling awareness campaign in the city.

Ker’re is Little Miss Riverton for 2013 and Payton is Tot Miss Riverton and they said they embarked on the project to promote recycling, and for a community service score they needed for their pageant.

“We want to go door-to-door and let people know why they should recycle and how easy it is to recycle,” said Ker’re. “We will mention the curbside pick-up and the drop-off areas, what can be recycled and how to sort and drop-off recyclables property, with help from our Mom.”

The two little ladies asked for permission to provide handouts when they go door-to-door. “We believe this will encourage recycling in our community.”

The city council did not take formal action on the request, but the consensus of the council members was for the Little Miss contestants to proceed with their project.

The two girls endured the entire nearly three hour-long meeting so they could have their photos taken with Public Works Director Bill Urbigkit and Mayor Warpness after the meeting.

The 2013 Little Miss Wyoming Scholarship Pageant is planned June 6-9 at a location yet to be determined.