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Admin sees a bright 2014 for Kemmerer

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 15th, 2014

Downtown Kemmerer gets some relief from last week’s heavy snow as residents enjoy a bright, sunny day on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The future looks bright and the city should look forward to a fun year, according to Kemmerer City Administrator Rebecca Davidson. (GAZETTE PHOTO/Rose Cappellen)

KEMMERER — City Administrator Rebecca Davidson says her main goal for the City of Kemmerer this year is to build and strengthen the sense of community.

“We’re very focused on bringing the community together to have fun,” Davidson said in a recent interview.

She pointed to several events slated for 2014 that aim to do just that.

“We’re planning on having two free concerts this summer. Last year we had one and it was so successful and popular that we’ve decided to do two. And of course, we’ll have Fossil Fest and the Oyster Ridge Music Festival. Those are big, community- and family-oriented events. This year, on New Year’s Eve, we had a family skate night. We plan to make that better next year, by having food and a warming hut and holding the skating event on New Year’s Day.”

The city has once again sponsored a leg of the IPSSSDR Dog Sled Race, and Davidson said they are planning for a winter carnival to coincide with the race in 2015.

“We are working to get approval to have our leg of the race start and finish at the event center, and we’re looking to put together a winter carnival. We’d really love to hear what people think, We are hoping for lots of public input for the event,” Davidson said.

Currently the city is working on signage and mapping for the Hams Fork Recreation Area. Davidson said the city has teamed up with the BLM, the Forest Service, the National Park, Game and Fish and Rocky Mountain Power.

“We are putting out a request for proposals for someone to have a concession stand at Viva-Naughton Reservoir,” Davidson said.

In addition, the city has several projects scheduled for 2014.

“Construction work is getting started on the remodeling of the old Town Hall,” Davidson said. “We hope to be ready by early summer.”

She said there will be a sandwich shop and about six office spaces available to rent in the downtown building. In addition the public spaces such as hallways, entryways, ceilings, and waiting areas will be remodeled using original material.

“The office spaces will be modern, but the public spaces will be finished with original material from the building, along with period lighting. I think it’s going to be really nice,” Davidson said.

The city will begin work this year on paving parts of Canyon Road, using state consensus grant funding. Davidson said the city will also pave the triangle, work that will be put to bid in early March, for completion before Fossil Fest.

In addition, the city received a “Safe Route to School” grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Those funds will be used to construct sidewalks and ramps along Elk and Antelope streets.

In all, 2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for the City of Kemmerer. Davidson summed it up saying, “We’re going to have a lot of new events, a lot of old favorites and we’ll make them bigger and better. It’s going to be a lot of fun here.”

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