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Next stop: funding

Mar 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

Let's pursue grant money for the new

Riverton justice center with unity and vigor

All commendation to the Fremont County Commission in settling on a location for the proposed replacement for Riverton's out-of-date and ill-suited county law enforcement and court complex on South Federal Boulevard.

It is to be on the "Major land" -- if it is to be built at all. From this seat that decision looks like a good one. We tend to build these kinds of facilities only rarely, and we use them for decades. Better, then, to build to suit rather than remodel to accommodate. That decision is only half the battle, however. While the county has the parcel of property sold to it by the Major family at a deep discount, there remains the task of finding about $5 million to get the thing built.

Key to that success will be obtaining grant funding to cover the bulk of the construction. Our county government has been reluctant to embrace grant money in the past, citing philosophical objections of one sort or another from time to time.

Such rumination is all well and good, but it's best to keep it on a case-by-case basis. When it comes to seeking the funding for the new Riverton justice center, let's go after it with resolve and unity, and with the full intention of getting the money and building the county complex on the chosen site.

Now that the decision on location has been reached, we urge county leaders to show more enthusiasm for securing the required funding than was demonstrated, at times, in agreeing that the justice center was needed, and in what form.

We have the need. We have the land.

Finally, we have the plan as well.

Now let's go get the money with the attitude that this is what we had in mind all along.

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