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Jan 25

City of Laramie Buildings--Former WyoTech North Campus

Posted on January 25, 2021 at 11:34 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  4 or 5 years ago the City purchased the Wyo -Tech North campus. We were told that the City vehicle maintenance among other things would be moved there and that is was already built so the total cost was going to be less than building a new facility. To date the property has remained mostly vacant. Now I see one of the buildings is being torn down and hauled to the dump. What happened? How did we go from already built to tearing it down? How is this saving taxpayers money? If a mistake was made in the original planning and purchase has this person or persons been fired? This appears to be another waste of taxpayer money.

A.  Three buildings will be demolished on the site. Two are small and old and the City has no use for them and demolishing them was necessary to provide safe traffic flow throughout the site. The third building being demolished is large and required a massive amount of refurbishing and upgrading to bring it up to modern standards, which was known at the time of purchase. However, once estimates were acquired, the renovations proved to be too costly and it was determined a new building would cost approximately the same amount to build. In addition, the City will realize lower ongoing operating costs with a new building due to less maintenance and lower utility bills due to energy saving features, including new windows, doors, insulation and HVAC systems. Much of the materials from the demolished buildings will be recycled or reused with very little being sent to the landfill. There are two large buildings on the North and South side of the site that will remain and will be used for City operations.


Jan 25

COVID Appointments for 70+ Year Old Residents

Posted on January 25, 2021 at 10:03 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  COVID appointments for 70 year old residents

A.  All questions related to COVID-19 vaccinations and  the Governor’s Executive Orders should be directed to the Albany County Public Health Officer—they can be reached at 721-2561.



Dec 15

Arterial and Collector Streets Plowing

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 11:17 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Question:  Do you ever plan on plowing roads north and south of snowy range on the west side of Laramie? I don't ever see plows at all and I'm home all day. It states on the city of Laramie WY as follows:

SNOW REMOVAL
Keeping You Safe
Snow and ice control consists of applying a melting agent (salt or Ice Slicer) to the streets during and after a snowstorm. If the snow depth exceeds 3 inches or if drifting occurs, the arterial and collector streets will be plowed. Should it become necessary, snow will be windrowed to the center of the street and removed.

The Arterial and collector streets. Meaning the roads that feed into the main one, please do your job.

Response:

The Streets in West Laramie that get plowed are:
  • Snowy Range
  •  Jackson St
  • Pierce
  • Adams south of Snowy Range
  • Riverside
  • Colorado (only the paved sections)
  • The Paved section of Wyoming

These streets that get plowed are designated arterial or collector streets on the Functional classification map. When we plow we focus on the emergency routes first and then move onto the other priorities. When we plow we have 1-2 trucks that are dedicated to the streets in West Laramie.  

A. PLOWING PRIORITIES:  While priorities may need to change based on characteristics of any given storm, general priorities for plowing are:

  1. Arterial Streets
  2. Collector Streets
  3. Drifting Areas
  4. School Areas
  5. Central Business District
  6. Alleys in Central Business District
  7. Parking Lots
  8. Sidewalks

If storm conditions are such that all priorities cannot be addressed in a given cycle, the lower priorities may be dropped until adequate equipment and manpower is available to get to them.