FORT LARAMIE – The Fort Laramie Town Council convened for their regular meeting on Wednesday evening, Jan. 13. The meeting was the first to be held in 2021 and the first to be conducted using the Zoom video teleconferencing platform.
Despite a couple of minor setbacks, the meeting went off without any significant issues. Members of the council suspected the evening’s high wind might have caused the few moments of lag encountered during the meeting.
Mayor Joyce Evans presented the first and only action item of the meeting, a request for the approval of phase three of the town’s water and sewer project. Town Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Craft said the town needed approval from the council for Evans to sign a professional service agreement for the engineers to begin work on the project.
According to Evans, phase three is a continuation of an infrastructure project that has been in progress for several years. The town implemented the project to fix several issues with the town’s water and sewer systems.
Evans told the council the completion of phase three would result in a mainline replacement for both water and sewer lines, replacing failing sewer lines and fixing issues with water pressure to fire hydrants.
Assistant Chief Will Hunzeker provided the council with an update from the Fort Laramie Fire Department. Hunzeker said the fire department had responded to one fire call, one emergency medical service call, two training exercises and 12 other donated commitments. The calls resulted in 45 working hours for the department.
Hunzeker asked the council to consider a request of $1,000 to the department for emergency expenditures. The council discussed the matter but asked the department to contact them as the need arises; the town would then evaluate their request.
Additionally, the fire department requested the purchase of LED floodlights, not to exceed $150. Hunzeker told the council the department would use the lights in a power outage and at motor vehicle accidents to provide auxiliary lighting.
Public Works Supervisor Jared Loveland informed the council of ongoing work in the town’s maintenance department to keep equipment maintained and running. Loveland said a generator that was previously inoperable was now running.
Evans reported, “progress is happening” concerning the town’s lagoon project.
Craft told the council the company working on the project had informed her they would start installing the lagoon’s liner on Monday, with hopes of completing that portion of the project in the next week.
Craft also reported Goshen Economic Development had awarded the town of Fort Laramie with $20,000 in grant funds for updates to the town’s well.
The council also discussed additional forms of paying for the well. Craft said the town would be approaching the Wyoming State Loan and Investments Board to request more money for the project. Councilwoman Kelly Loveland asked the council to consider approaching Wyrulec as a representative from the company had informed her Wyrulec has a loan program for projects of this nature.
The town of Fort Laramie’s offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The next meeting of the Fort Laramie Town Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be conducted using Zoom. For access to the meeting, contact Craft at [email protected] or (307) 837-2711.