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May 2017 Newsletter

WAM Connection

Come Experience Gillette

WAM Convention May 31 - June 2, 2017

CONTENTS 4 WAM Sponsors 5 Kaysen’s Korner 8 Snapshot of WY’s Cities & Towns Fiscal Picture 12 On the Roads with WYDOT 14 Spring Regional Training & Meetings

WAMConnection Published by the Wyoming Association of Municipalities




May 31 - June 2 WAM Convention, Gillette

July 4 Independence Day

August 10 SLIB

June 1 SLIB Meeting

July 17-19 Joint Appropriations Committee Meeting

August 23-24 Select Water Committee

June 6-7 Joint Judiciary Committee Meeting June 12 School Finance Recalibration and Joint Revenue Committee Meeting June 15 SLIB

August 23-24 Wyoming Retirement Meeting August 29-30 Joint Travel Committee Meeting August 31- September 1 Joint Minerals Committee Meeting

June 20-21 Joint Education Committee Meeting

President: Paul Brooks, Mayor, Sundance Vice President: Scott Dellinger, Mayor, Mountain View Region One Directors: Kelly Krakow, Mayor, Albin Andi Summerville, Mayor, Laramie George Siglin, Mayor, Lingle Region Two Directors: Chris Schock, Mayor, Clearmont Bruce Jones, Mayor, Douglas Roger Miller, Mayor, Sheridan Region Three Directors: Tim Patrick, Mayor, Manderson Landon Greer, Council Member, Cody John Wetzel, Council Member, Powell

June 29-30 Joint Minerals Committee Meeting

Region Four Directors: Buck King, Mayor, Edgerton Holly Jibben, Council Member, Riverton Charlie Powell, Council Member, Casper

Specializing in

• Comprehensive Community & Economic Development Plans • Feasibility Studies • Needs Assessments • Business Plans • Strategic Planning • Facilitation • Training • Surveys • Organizational Services

Board of Directors

Region Five Directors: Scott Dellinger, Mayor, Mountain View Haily MortonLevinson, Council Member, Jackson John Lynch, Council Member, Star Valley Ranch

Building Communities

One Relationship at a Time

Region Six Directors: Tracy Fowler, Council Member, Hanna Pete Rust, Mayor, Green River Gary Waldner, Council Member, Wamsutter WAMCAT Representative: Carol Intlekofer, City Clerk, Cheyenne GOSCMA Representative: Carter Napier, City Administrator, Gillette LTS Representative: Vacant Past Presidents: Jim Wells, Council Member, Rawlins Susan Juskcha, Mayor, Glendo

WAM Sponsors Gold Dome Sponsor



Cowboy Sponsor



Cheyenne Rock Springs Cheyenne

(307) 638-1911 (307) 352-5202 (307) 632-0398

One Call of Wyoming

Local Government Liability Pool (LGLP) Rocky Mountain Power WAM-JPIC


First Class City Sponsor City Black Mountain Software Burbach Aquatics, Inc. HUB International Mountain States Limited Union Pacific Railroad

Home Town Sponsor

Polson, MT Platteville, WI

(307) 778-5210


(800) 353-8829 (608) 348-3262

Sheridan Denver, CO

(307) 672-5833 (303) 405-5010



Ameri-Tech Equipment Company Lander (307) 332-4000 Black Hills Energy Cheyenne (888) 890-5554 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming Cheyenne (307) 442-2376 ICMA-RC Denver,CO (303) 861-7487 Kaiser Wealth Management Cheyenne (307) 634-1547 LONG Building Technologies Casper (307) 265-5997 McGee Hearne & Paiz Cheyenne (307) 634-2151 Motorola Solutions Inc. Westminster,CO (303) 877-3128 Nelson Engineering Jackson (307) 733-2087 Radisson Hotel Cheyenne Cheyenne (307) 638-4466 Union Wireless Mountain View (307) 782-6131 Wyoming Machinery Company Casper (307) 472-1000

WAM Partner

ACEC of Wyoming AMBI Mail & Marketing Align Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP Caselle, Inc. Community Builders Inc. Concrete Stabilization Technologies, Inc. Desert Mountain Corporation Dana Kepner Company of Wyoming, Inc. DOWL ECS Engineers Engineering Associates First Interstate Bank Fremont Motor Company George K. Baum & Compnay Wyoming Government Investment Fund Hathaway & Kunz, P.C. HDR Engineering HR Consulting Services Inberg-Miller Engineers Jorgensen Associates, P.C. Kemmerer-Diamondville Joint Powers Board Morrison-Maierle, Inc. 4

City Laramie Casper Cheyenne Laramie Provo, UT Douglas


(307) 745-8100 (307) 266-2223 (307) 772-9001 (307) 755-1040 (800) 228-9851 (307) 359-3311

Wheatland Riverton

(307) 322-3990 (307) 856-9730

Casper Sheridan Sheridan Cody Cheyenne Lander

(307) 235-1300 (307) 672-9006 (307) 675-1919 (307) 587-4911 (307) 633-8400 (307) 332-8340

Cheyenne Cheyenne Gillette Cheyenne Riverton Jackson

(307) 778-8438 (307) 634-7723 (307) 682-8936 (307) 421-6189 (307) 856-8136 (307) 733-5150

Kemmerer Gillette

(307) 877-2233 (307) 685-3780


Their support helps us provide valuable experiences, at affordable costs to our members. These companies, associations, and organizations are willing to support Wyoming’s municipalities’ needs. WE CAN’T THANK THEM ENOUGH! City Phone Porter Muirhead, Cornia & Howard RBC Wealth Management Russell Industries, Inc. SENIORx Patient Advocates SpringHill Suites by Marriot Sunrise Engineering, Inc. Waterworks Industries, A Ferguson Enterprise WLC Engineering, Survey & Planning Wyoming Association of Risk Management (WARM) Wyoming Community Gas Wyoming Conference of Building Officials WWC Engineering Wyoming Community Development Authority Wyoming Economic Development Association

Casper Cheyenne Casper Casper Cheyenne Cheyenne

(307) 265-4311 (307) 634-7781 (307) 265-9566 (307) 472-1770 (307) 635-0006 (307) 775-9500


(307) 265-9566


(307) 266-2524

Cheyenne Topeka, KS

(307) 433-9400 (888) 527-0003

Gillette Laramie

(307) 682-1970 (307) 742-0031


(307) 265-0603


(307) 772-9100

Kaysen’s Korner As we continue our venture into the Spring of 2017, and look forward to the summer months, your WAM team continues to be active on several fronts. Quarterly Regional training has been completed with an emphasis on governance and effective supervision skills. In addition, the exchange of information at the quarterly meetings has been valuable with the sharing of needs amongst cities and towns. It is no surprise that adequate funding and maintaining quality services are key topics amongst cities and towns. ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES An on-going objective of WAM is advocating for all cities and towns across Wyoming. During the spring region meetings, a 2017 Legislative General Session briefing was provided on the numerous bills followed by WAM, and that information if you were unable to attend a meeting is on WAM’s website at A total of 485 bills were introduced during the session, and a total of 150 were monitored by WAM. Believe it or not, the very important Budget Session of 2018 convenes on February 12th, a mere 263 days away. Leading up the Budget Session is the work being done by the legislative joint committees on interim topics. Among the 101 initial topics, WAM is following 33. Topics for WAM include evaluation of local government revenue options; unemployment compensation exemption; extraterritorial jurisdiction for municipalities (these topics were requested by WAM); a review of water and state land funding trends and benefits realized; review the Water Development Committee processes for project development; a global review of the current tax structure in Wyoming including a review of Tax Reform 2000; study the opportunities and challenges related to imposing a gross tax receipts tax; consider taxation on cigarette, tobacco, and alcohol taxes in general; review and report on WyoLink to include finances and fee participation by local governments; and update the cease and transfer priority list of landfills. WAM will continue to work with municipal elected officials and staffs to have representatives from cities and towns attend committee meetings when meetings are scheduled to be in the general location of municipalities. Although there are no specific interim topics addressing liquor statutes, WAM has committed to work with the Wyoming Liquor Division, the Wyoming Liquor Association, and Wyoming Press Association to continue to refine and update existing statutes.


As you may recall, WAM issued its Municipal Finance Report in October 2016 that was presented to the Governor’s Office, to members of the Wyoming Legislature, and presentations were made to the Joint Revenue and Appropriations Committees. The report , available on WAM’s website, was well received. Because of the effects the economic downturn has had and will have on the fiscal programs of Wyoming’s cities and towns, and because of discussions and decisions during and after the Legislative Budget Session of 2016, the Report included recommendations on municipal finance in Wyoming.


K a y s e n ’s Ko r n e r C o n t i n u e d . . . One recommendation from the Report includes a review of more autonomy and revenue generating authority to local government. As a follow-up to this recommendation, WAM issued a Request for Proposal for a Municipal Funding Comparison study of the complex array of municipal funding models to include: 1. State tax structures 2. State restrictions on municipal revenue generation 3. Municipal funding models 4. Distribution methodologies for state shared funds. The comparison study includes a review of other states with respect to local government funding and what models are utilized. The objective is to provide a final report to Legislators, the Governor’s Office, and others in the fall of 2017. WAM has created an analysis and report team that is charged with the above referenced topics. The team consists representatives from the University of Wyoming, Community Builders, Inc., Scott Badley, and WAM Staff. In the process, the experience and expertise of municipal elected officials and finance staff is also being utilized as well as a sub-committee representing towns and cities. Input and information from these representatives include funding needs,


impacts, economic conditions present and projected, operating revenue and expense trajectory gaps, cost of services, possible state sales and property tax increases and impacts, relief from state mandates, sales tax exemptions, the effect of no direct distribution from the state, local taxing authority and collections, over and under the cap provisions, and the creation of a local government funding account that when a minimum base amount is experienced a state sales tax increase goes into effect to ensure reliability of funds. The Joint Revenue Committee is evaluating local government revenue options. WAM’s Municipal Funding Comparison Report will be a significant consideration for this Committee’s evaluation. WAM provided an update on its analysis and review to this Committee at its scheduled May 11, 2017. The presentation is also on WAM’s website for your review. Thanks to Mayors Jones, Douglas; Mayor Summerville, Laramie; Charri Lara, Treasurer, Lander; and Andrew Nelson, Administrator, Kemmerer for attending and sharing what is happening on Main Street Wyoming with regards to the importance of needed funding.

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION The WAM Board of Directors and staff participated in a two-day strategic planning session in late April. We want to express our appreciation to the Town of Jackson for hosting the Board. Included was discussion and exercises addressing WAM’s purpose; a review of WAM’s Mission; identification of values; to ensure the purpose, mission, values and goals are consistent; identification of strengths and area of improvement; identifying goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely; and prioritization of goals. An overall objective was/is to provide direction for WAM over the next two years. The results of the great work done by the Board is being reviewed to ensure that the overall objective was met. After the review is complete, the Strategic Plan will be provided to WAM members. NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES The National League of Cities held its annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. during the month of March. Laurie Heath and I represented WAM, and there were other elected officials from Wyoming municipalities in attendance. Agenda topics included: • Federal advocacy updates regarding economic development; energy, environment and natural resources; public safety; transportation and infrastructure; protect municipal rights in an era of preemptive actions • Focus on public safety, infrastructure, and the economy • Monitor the administrations proposed budget including attention to CDBG funding, EPA Brownfields Programs, COPS Program, Economic Development Administration funding. • Infrastructure in the USA is failing and received a D+ grade from an annual American Society of Civil Engineers Report where improvements were made from the prior year in internal water ways, ports, levees, storm water, and rail; no changes were experienced in roads, aviation, energy, drinking water; and declines included transit, solid waste, and parks and recreation. • A report on the Volkswagen settlement totaling $4.7 billion split into two funds with $2.7 billion into an Environmental Mitigation Trust to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, and $2.0 billion towards zero emissions vehicle investments- the settlement includes

$7.5 million for Wyoming (These funds will be managed by DEQ who plans to hold a public comment on the distribution plan, and there is much interest in the funds.) • A session addressing wireless facilities siting and fees (cell phone infrastructure) involving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Docket and Mobilitie included presentations by industry and local government opposition representatives; there is a need to provide improved coverage for rural communities; however, the approach by some telecom companies removes local authority decision making with respect to siting in municipal owned rights of way and receipt of reasonable fees; WAM and NLC filed separate comments to the FCC urging the FCC not to preempt local authority over wireless facilities and fees. • During the Conference, Laurie and I had the opportunity to meet with Wyoming’s congressional delegation, topics of discussion included energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump’s proposed budget and congressional action on same, need for local government funding, preservation of local decision making vs preemption, the economy in Wyoming and the USA, collection of online or remote sales taxes, the recent Wyoming Legislative Session, and what the Senators or Representative needed from or how WAM could assist the delegation. In closing, a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL municipal elected officials and staff members for doing what you do. Your service, commitment, long hours, care for your communities and residents is meaningful, and you do make a difference. Does it seem like your work is never complete? Allow me to quote Epictetus, a Greek stoic philosopher, “No great thing is created suddenly.”


Snapshot of Wyoming’s cities and towns fiscal picture ALPINE

saw a DECREASE of 8% in FY17 and projecting 12% in FY18; they’ve

REDUCED their operational budget by 12% by CUTTING EMPLOYEE hours and benefits, reducing maintenance, ELIMINATING capital improvements, CUTTING EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES and reducing community programs. Municipal Leaders saw a 30% DECREASE from FY16 to FY17 in


They anticipate minimal relief from FY17 and project a 1.5% increase for FY18.

GILLETTE After a $9 MILLION DROP IN SALES TAXES for the last two years,

they anticipate a 26% REDUCTION in General Fund Revenue from FY17 to FY18. Gillette has managed to REDUCE their operating expenses by 8.3%


Cuts in personnel, capital projects and dipping into reserves, has decreased operational costs by 7% with a total budget decline of 16%.


has experienced an 18% DECLINE combining both FY17 and FY18.

33% of Wyoming’s municipalities have dipped into their reserves to maintain a balanced budget. BUFFALO used reserves to balance the FY17 MEETEETSE used the remainder of it’s budget and will use reserves to balance the FY18 budget. Buffalo estimates their General Fund reserves will be depleted in another year.

reserves in FY16. They rely on Business Council, SLIB, USDA, TAPS, and any other grants available for infrastructure projects.

52% of Wyoming’s municipalities have cut expenses by reducing personnel. ENCAMPMENT has reduced its police force to 1 officer and eliminated a full-time position to part-time with no benefits. Future cutbacks will be related to not providing any benefits. No merit pay or COLA and the Mayor and Judge’s salaries have been cut in half in OPAL.

TORRINGTON has cutback on promotional events, contributions to the agencies in town that are providing essential services to its citizens, and reduced Economic Development contributions. Municipal programs mostly impacted by reductions: streets, police, recreation, community outreach 8

If Direct Distribution goes away?

Without Direct Distribution, we can only afford to pay 15 hours per week, which is barely enough time to take utility payments. ~ Clearmont We would lose either a personnel position or funding to operate the town properly. This would affect all future operations for the Town. ~Diamondville

The matching grant funds would be gone for much needed upkeep and improvements; like grants from EPA, WYDOT, Forestry, and USDA. ~ Dubois For Hulett, our budget has no fluff so if we were to not get the direct distribution it would be catastrophic. Basic needs would have to be cut including repair and maintenance of equipment and buildings. Cutting fire department assistance, upkeep of parks and cemetery and overall services provided. ~ Hulett If eliminated we would have a reduction of personnel and maybe change our operations as to how we clear snow or fix our roads. This would happen over the first year of removal. ~Star Valley Ranch Eventually no maintenance done on buildings, streets, properties, leads to destruction of roads, water, sewer lines, and buildings. All properties have to be maintained, which takes money. No money coming in means no maintenance and upkeep. Eventually leading an attractive small town to a dirty run down Town. ~Wamsutter Direct Distribution funds capital, further reductions will lead to decisions on whether to cut service or capital. ~Jackson We would completely reevaluate our entire non- enterprise budgeting and establish all new priorities as well as evaluate additional revenue streams. ~Sheridan

This information was provided as a handout to the Joint Revenue Committee on May 11, 2017 in Saratoga. We appreciate all WAM members who provided information that was presented for this meeting. 9

WAM’s Strategic Planning Session

WAM’s mission is to advocate for cities’ and towns’ common interest and provide educational opportunities for WAM members.

Š 2017 Rocky Mountain Power

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On the roads with WYDOT

Northwest Wyoming - A

A1 WYO 296 north of Cody: Chip

sealing project on 13.32 miles of WYO 296 on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. Also includes repairs to the Pat O’Hara bridge, June 2017 completion.

A2 WYO 32 southwest of Lovell:

A4 WYO 120 between Meteetse and

Pavement resurfacing with areas of improvements to 7 miles (mileposts 105-112). Also includes bridge deck repair. June 2017 completion.

and Meeteetse in Hot Springs County: Pavement project on 6 miles starting at mile marker 32. Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. August completion.

A3 US 26 west of Riverton: Resurfacing

A6 WYO 28 south of Lander: Pavement

with safety improvements to 5 miles (mileposts 99-104). Also includes bridge rehabilitation over Winchester Draw and Big Wind River. Project is funded through 10cent fuel tax revenue. June 2017 completion.

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Cody in Park County: Mill and overlay on 11 miles of road starting at mile marker 74. Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. June 2018 completion.

A5 WYO 120 between Thermopolis

milling and asphalt resurfacing for 4 miles (mileposts 59-63). Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue.

Junction: Mill, overlay and bridge rehabilitation on four bridges on 10 miles of road starting at mile marker 39. October completion.

B2 I-80 between Rock Springs and

Rawlins: Mill and overlay and bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction totaling 11 bridges on 12 miles of road starting at mile marker 186. October completion.


WYO 351 at Big Piney cut off: Pavement surfacing and bridge replacement work at milepost 7.3. October 2017 completion.

B4 WYO 789 between Muddy Gap

and Lander in Fremont County: Mill and overlay project on 6 miles starting at mile marker 41 which will also include bridge deck repairs and new guardrail. Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. October completion.

B5 US 30 between Sage Creek and

Kemmerer in Lincoln County: Overlay and minor bridge work that will involve two sections of road totaling about 7 miles starting at mile marker 46. Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. October completion. 12

Daniel Junction: Mill and overlay project on 7.7 miles of road starting at mile marker 136. Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. October completion.

B8 US 191 south of Pinedale: Mill and

overlay about 10 miles in various sections to remove deteriorating pavement and rutting from the surface and install a 4-mile bike path. Project is funded through 10-cent fueltax revenue. October completion.

B9 US 189 between Lazeart Junction

near I-80 and Kemmerer in Uinta and Lincoln counties: Mill and overlay of 6 miles of road starting at mile marker 18. Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. October completion.

















Pinedale Afton B3 Sublette
























Rock Springs


Evanston 150

Greybul Basin

20 189




Big 30 Horn

Hot A5 Springs




789 14A




Gran d Teto n 26 Nat'l Teton Park

B6 WYO 414 north of Urie in Uinta

B7 US 189/191 about 20 miles north of








Powell 14A



County: Pavement project on 2.7 miles of road starting at mile marker 94. October completion.



Southwest Wyoming - B B1 I-80 between Lyman and Granger


A1 212





Green River 530


S 789

430 191

Legend Interstate highway work zones: Generally, there are no delays or

I detours. Travel may be narrowed to one lane (on pavement) each A1 way and involve a reduced speed limit.

Two-lane road paving projects: Motorists may be required to stop

B2 P and wait to follow pilot cars. Usually, any delays are limited to 10 minutes or less and travel is on pavement.


Two-lane reconstruction projects: At times, motorists may have to drive on gravel or another temporary surface, typically for two miles or less. Delays are limited, and there are no detours unless specifically noted.


WYO 233 between Kemmerer and Hamsfork: Full-depth reclamation of 18 miles of road including a double chip seal. Project is funded through 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. October completion.

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Northeast Wyoming - C C2








Crook C9 14


C2 I-90 near and in Sheridan:






















D10 Torrington 313









R Not every project is listed Due to the unpredictable nature of the construction process, not all projects are active all the time. In addition, some short-term projects and smaller projects which disrupt traffic to a lesser degree are not listed. Completion dates are approximate. Commercial vehicle operators:

In work zones, size and weight restrictions may apply. Ask for details at any Wyoming port of entry or call (307) 777-4376. Current restrictions are also available on the Internet at www.wyoroad. info/highway/restrictions.html.

tion report online at: onstruction - Statewide

and overlay on 4 miles of road starting at mile marker 188. Project funded through 10cent fuel-tax revenue. October completion.

D1 I-25 north of Wheatland:



C5 US 20/26/87 near Evansville: Mill

C6 WYO 220 between Muddy Gap and

Casper in Natrona County: Shoulder grading, widening and guardrail replacement work on 3 miles of road starting at mile marker 81. October completion.

C7 WYO 387 between Edgerton and

Wright: Overlay project and bridge deck work on 10 miles of road starting at mile marker 141. October completion.

C8 12th Street and Wyoming

Boulevard in Casper: Replacement of a waterline and sidewalk, curbing and gutter work. October completion.

C9 US 14 between Devils Tower

Junction and Sundance: Landslide mitigation on 1.4 miles of road starting at mile marker 197. October completion.


WYO 59 north of Douglas: Grading, milling and resurfacing of 12 miles starting at mile marker 7. October completion.

Southeast Wyoming - D

















between Robertson Road and Wyoming Boulevard: Mill and overlay work and traffic signal replacement. June 2018 completion.






C4 WYO 220 (CY Avenue) in Casper








Casper 487





South Dakota state line: Concrete slab replacement on 5 miles of road starting at mile marker 202. October completion.





C3 I-90 between Sundance and the


C7 Converse


Construction of new interchange north of Sheridan, and reconstruction of several streets. October 2019 completion.






and Sheridan counties: Reconstruct road and add shoulders to 6.35 miles of road, replace two bridges. October 2017 completion.








C1 WYO 193 near Story in Johnson




Reconstruction, widening and pavement overlay in the southbound lanes on 3.3 miles (mileposts 97-100). Includes bridge rehabilitation. June 2017 completion.

D2 Harney Street Bridge in

Laramie: Construction of a new bridge over the railroad tracks and roadway. July 2019 completion.

D3 WYO 230 between Woods Landing

and the Colorado State line: Resurfacing, chip seals and bridge deck repairs on 9 miles of road. September completion.

D4 I-80 between Rawlins and Laramie:

Resurfacing and deck rehabilitation on 6.24 miles starting at mile marker 233. October completion.

D5 I-80 between Cheyenne and the

Nebraska State line: Pavement surfacing and bridge replacement work on 2 miles starting at mile marker 400. August 2018 completion.

D6 I-80 between Laramie and

Cheyenne: Pavement surfacing and bridge rehabilitation on 7 miles starting at mile marker 341. October 2018 completion.

D7 WYO 94 near Douglas in Converse

County: Overlay project on 12 miles of roadway starting at mile marker zero. October completion.

D8 I-80 between Cheyenne and Pine

Bluffs in Laramie County: Mill and overlay project on 10 miles of road in the eastbound lane starting at mile marker 362. The work will also include addressing friction and drainage. June 2018 completion date.

D9 I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne

near Buford in Laramie County: Mill and overlay project on 4.7 miles of road starting at mile marker 69. October completion.


I-25 south of Wheatland in Platte County: Mill and overlay work on 6 miles of road. October completion. 13

Spring Regional Training and Meetings Region I Meeting, March 8 During the meeting, Mayor Siglin, Lingle was elected as the region’s At-Large Representative. “I’m happy to serve on this Board” shared Mayor Siglin. “My wish is to help make my community, my region and my state a better place to live.” The Region I Meeting was held in Wheatland at the Platte County Library and attended by representatives from four communities. Mayor Andi Summerville and Director Rick Kaysen provided an update from the legislative session. The concern of municipal funding seemed to consume most of the discussion with Mayor Siglin during WAM’s Strategic Planning Session in Jackson emphasis on the need for municipalities to have more authority over their finances. Region I Municipalities include: Albin, Burns, Cheyenne, Chugwater, Fort Laramie, Glendo, Guernsey, Hartville, LaGrange, Laramie, Lingle, Pine Bluffs, Rock River, Torrington, Wheatland, and Yoder

Region II (NEWY) Meetings Region II is WAM’s most active region and is greatly supported by NEWY. They hold monthly meetings and coordinate with their county commissioners and regional legislators. They plan to hold another congressional tour this fall. Executive Director Rick Kaysen attended a meeting in April, providing a legislative update and discussions on what WAM’s priorities are over the next twelve months. Region II Municipalities include: Buffalo, Clearmont, Dayton, Douglas, Gillette, Glenrock, Hulett, Kaycee, Lost Springs, Lusk, Manville, Moorcroft, Newcastle, Pine Haven, Ranchester, Rolling Hills, Sheridan, Sundance, Upton, Van Tassell, and Wright Region III held a training session with CBI at the Lovell Community Center

Region III Meeting, March 15

During the meeting, Council Member Landon Greer, Cody was elected as the region’s City Representative. “I believe I can bring a good perspective to the board,” Landon Greer expresses. “Things don’t change on their own and if you want to make a difference you have to get involved.” Region III hosted two WAM Training Sessions during their spring meeting. WAM members enjoyed an afternoon learning about Governmental Operations with instructor Bobbe Fitzhugh, CBI President. The following day members returned to study ways to become a more effective supervisors.

Region III Municipalities include: Basin, Burlington, Byron, Cody, Cowley, Deaver, East Thermopolis, Frannie, Greybull, Kirby, Lovell, Manderson, Meeteetse, Powell, Ten Sleep, Thermopolis, and Worland 14

Region IV Meetings, April 5 Region IV also took advantage of the incredible teaching from CBI with six municipalities joining in Riverton. A large variety of municipal leaders from various departments shared ways to effectively supervise. The Region selected Mayor Buck King, Edgerton and Council Member Holly Jibben, Riverton to represent them on the WAM Board. Executive Director Rick Kaysen joined again providing the important legislative update. Region IV Municipalities include: Bar Nunn, Casper, Dubois, Edgerton, Evansville, Hudson, Lander, Midwest, Mills, Pavillion, Riverton, Shoshoni

Region V Meeting April 12

Region V enjoyed training sessions with CBI, in Pinedale. They also had a great discussion on issues impacting their communities that included budget preparations, Solar Eclipse events, work being done to get a hospital in Sublette County, and the exciting news for Bear River who moved into their new Town Hall this month. Council Member Hailey Morton Levinson, Jackson and Council Member John Lynch, Star Valley Ranch were elected to represent the region on the WAM Board. Region V Municipalities include: Afton, Alpine, Bear River, Big Piney, Cokeville, Diamondville, Evanston, Jackson, Kemmerer, LaBarge, Lyman, Marbleton, Mountain View, Opal, Pinedale, Star Valley Ranch, and Thayne

Bear River moves into their new town hall!

Region VI Meetings, May 3 Eight of the fifteen member cities and towns joined for the region meeting again sharing concerns and successes of their communities. Rick and Tracy Fowler shared the recent Board’s Strategic Planning outcomes and more updates on the legislative interim committee meetings. The region elected Council Member Jim Wells, Rawlins to serve on the WAM Board for a city representative and re-elected Council Member Tracy Fowler, Hanna to the Board. Region VI Municipalities include: Baggs, Bairoil, Dixon, Elk Mountain, Encampment, Granger, Green River, Hanna, Medicine Bow, Rawlins, Riverside, Rock Springs, Saratoga, Sinclair, Superior, Wamsutter

WAM is looking for help planning Fall Region Meetings. Please contact Katie if you would be interested in hosting your region’s meeting in your community. 307-632-0398 or


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