By Karla Pomeroy
Editor 

Worland City Council addresses parked business trailers in new ordinance

 

May 21, 2020



WORLAND — The Worland City Council approved on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would allow businesses to park a trailer on city streets in front of their residence for an indefinite time.

Current city code only allows residents to park unattached trailers on city streets for up to seven days. Mat King came to the council last month to request a variance to the ordinance as he uses his trailer in front of his home as his storefront.

City Attorney Kent Richins used recommendations from a council committee to draft the ordinance that was presented to the council Tuesday night.

Ordinance 855 would allow businesses to be exempt from the trailer parking code for unattached trailers directly associated with and used for business purposes.

Businesses would be required to obtain a $50 annual permit and attach it to a trailer to be seen from the street or alley.

The ordinance only applies to trailers weighing 6,000 pounds or less.

A business name, logo or information identifying the business must be visible.

Trailers must be parked in front of the business owner’s residence and shall not impede the flow of traffic or block the line of sight for traffic.

Council member Delayne Renner-Newton said business owners need to realize the city will not send out reminders for the renewals.

The ordinance passed first reading unanimously. It requires three readings before going into effect.

The council also approved an ordinance increasing the court automation fee on first reading. The increase is at the behest of the Wyoming Supreme Court who is raising the fee by $15.

The new fees will be $50 with $10 going to the Worland Municipal Court and $40 to the State of Wyoming Court Automation Fee

Also on first reading the council approved the 2020-21 budget. Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Glanz reminded the council that after first reading any changes to the budget will require a motion at a public council meeting.

The general fund budget as proposed is $5.1 million; capital project fund (streets and airport) is at $912,957; the expendable trust fund which is the business and sidewalk loan fund is at $80,000; the agency fund, which is Pioneer Square and the Tree Board, is at $31,000; the water fund is budgeted at $2.1 million; sewer fund is at $1.6 million and sanitation fund is at $1.1 million.


During department head reports, city engineering representative Mike Donnell reported that milling for the Culbertson infrastructure project should begin June 1.

Donnell also reported that DOWL has been selected as the firm to complete the Washakie Avenue reconnaissance report. The report is being paid for by the city and Washakie County.

The recon report is the next step in the process to reconstruct Washakie Avenue. The first step was a corridor study in 2016 to “evaluate alternatives to improve the safety of Washakie Avenue from Railway Avenue to County Road 11.”

In an earlier meeting Donnell said the recon study looks at a total length of a project, width and total number of approaches. 

Prior to adjournment the council went into a closed executive session for potential litigation.

 
 

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