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'Goal meeting' hits on activities, communication

Feb 6, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness and the city council discussed goal setting at a special meeting Tuesday at Central Wyoming College. Attendees expressed a need for more community involvement and better communication between the council and residents.

Council members said they would like to see more residents attend their regular council meetings that take place every first and third Tuesday of the month at Riverton City Hall. They brainstormed ideas on how they can improve communication with the public. The ideas they came up with will be forwarded to city staff who can look into the suggestions further and present more detailed recommendations.

The council members said they would like to improve how they distribute important information, event details and other resources people could use to promote participation. The mayor said the council wants to relay the message that it welcomes all feedback whether it's positive or negative.

"It's important that (we) have those doors open," Warpness said. "It's a responsibility in both directions -- hopefully the citizens will step up and help us in that effort."

He added that because the issues the council discusses commonly pertain to the community, it expects locals to come forward with the issues they also find important. The city would like to provide timely responses, direct citizens to the appropriate source if they can't help and express their appreciation for contacting the city.

Other goals for the city, important issues, possible ideas and solutions were discussed at the four-hour goal-setting meeting, which usually takes place at the beginning of the year. The meeting was open to the public and attended by the mayor, council members and some city staff.

At the meeting, council members and the mayor also discussed last year's goals and their current status.

Those in attendance talked about ways to increase visitors at City Park and improve the public intoxication problem.

Councilman Richard Gard said the members discussed possible solutions and said he hopes residents provide more input on what they'd like to see at the park.

"Youth activities have changed over the years," he said. "We need ideas that will draw some people back."

He added that he would like to see farmers markets at City Park and maybe a baseball field or other fun activities that would attract more parents and their children.

Council member Jonathan Faubion said he hopes to find ways to eliminate the "perceived sense of not feeling safe" at City Park. The placement of alarm posts with phones or buttons that can be used to call security or the police department, commonly found on college campuses, were also suggested at the meeting.

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