WAM delegates assemble for opening reception; Conference work agenda begins Thursday morning

The clubhouse of the Reach Foundation off of North Eighth West was filled with delegates to the 2013 Wyoming Association of Municipalities annual conference. The opening reception was hosted by the City of Riverton. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The opening reception of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities conference in Riverton Wednesday evening drew a large crowd to the Reach Foundation Clubhouse. Chief of Police Mike Broadhead and Captain C. T. Smith greeted guests on horseback and directed the parking at the reception, while city staff welcomed their guests to the air conditioned hall or the tent shaded patio and back lawn area.

WAM Executive Director George Parks said he was expecting well over 300 participants at the annual event, which is being staged at Riverton High School with some events planned for Riverton City Hall.

Thursday’s schedule includes a number of committee hearings, including discussion of topics the delegates would like to see the association pursue at the next legislative session and an overview of the WAM’s various policy committees.

A golf tournament is on tap for Thursday afternoon while spouses and guests will be touring in and around Riverton and traveling to visit the Eagle Bronze Foundry in Lander.

Delegates who do not participate in the golf tour have the option of attending an economic development tour of Riverton, including stops at Legacy Molding, the Brunton Company, Bealls Department Store and the Smart Start Child Care Center. Other tour options include a discussion on natural gas powered vehicles at Bailey’s South Federal Pit Stop and a visit to the National Weather Service Riverton Forecast Office.

The WAM’s teen delegates will hold a 90 minute workshop on the topic of teen homelessness in Wyoming and how it impacts cities and towns. The group will then discuss possible solutions. A second workshop session will be held to address two questions: “If not me, who? and If not now, when?”

The exhibit hall opens at the Wolverine Gym on Thursday afternoon.

The Wyoming Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association will be holding their concurrent sessions  Thursday at City Hall with a number of workshop programs scheduled.

Photos below by Ernie Over. Click on photos to enlarge.