Council approves Roundhouse change order, street closures

Evanston Director of Planning and Engineering Dean Barker requests that the city council approve a $1,200 change order for the Roundhouse construction project during the July 16 meeting. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

EVANSTON — The July 16 Evanston City Council meeting was a short one, with only two items on the consent agenda and two resolutions to be voted on.

Councilmen Tib Ottley and Mike Sellers both commented on the success of Arts Inc.’s MAT Camp, which was held last week, with 400 students attending. Mayor Kent Williams said the annual law enforcement golf tournament had a good turnout as well.

There were two street closure permits requested and the council agreed to vote on both concurrently.

Penny Williams, representing First Bank, asked for a street closure on Friday, Aug. 2, on 10th Street between Main Street, and the alley between Main and Center streets, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for First Bank’s “Big Big Day” promotion. Williams said employees will serve hamburgers and hot dogs and will sponsor a pet adoption.

Evanston Community Development Director Rocco O’Neill asked for a street closure, for Saturday, July 20, on 6th Street from Front Street to Bear River Drive from 9:20 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for city marketing purposes. The marketing group the city has employed to produce pictures and videos was in town that day. They wanted up-close pictures of fireworks on the 6th Street overpass. O’Neill said he cleared it with WYDOT in Cheyenne and with the local police department. John Porter agreed to be in charge of the fireworks and the fire department was involved as well.

Both street closure requests were approved.

Resolution 19-45 was read by attorney Dennis Boal. The resolution authorizes the execution of a contract for services with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4280 to support the American flag program in the city.

“This is the same contract we do every year with the VFW and our contribution for their service to purchase the flags and display them,” Boal said. 

The council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 19-45.

Dean Barker, director of engineering and planning, addressed Resolution 19-46, to approve a third change order for the Roundhouse construction project.

Barker said that Hydro-Tech Inc. is asking for a change order to remove and dispose of concrete footings that are preventing the placement of new drainpipe. The footings were unforeseen in the original scope, Barker said. The cost of the change order is $1,200.

“Overall, change orders have only been about 2.5 percent over the original contract. No change order is good, but normally we look at about 5 percent in change orders,” Barker said. “We do have a couple of broken windows that happened during recent events and one of the doors has a broken window that either came that way or happened during construction. We will have to deal with that.” The resolution was approved. 

There were no comments from city department heads, so the council moved to public participation.

Kayne Pyatt, chair of the 19th Amendment Celebration Committee, announced the next event celebrating women’s voting rights, which is cosponsored by the Uinta County Democrats. A free barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Bear Ponds pavilion. Mayor Williams will welcome guests, and Sen. Wendy Schuler will speak on Wyoming women’s suffrage at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Pyatt also spoke as a citizen commending the Evanston Police Department on their calm and professional handling of violent perpetrators.

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