Come help set town priorities

By KARLA POMEROY

Editor

The Wyoming Rural Development Council Community Assessment Team will be hosting the priority-setting meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at the Basin City Arts Center.

The meeting is the next step in the community assessment process that began with meetings in Basin in early June.

WRDC employee and team member Jo Ferguson said the team will give an overview of the report it wrote following the June meetings. The report is available online at the town’s website, http://www.basinwyo.net/Planning.html.

They then will review the four main themes that are highlighted in the assessment — economic development, programs and services, infrastructure and recreation.

Everyone in attendance will then be asked to select three priorities that the town should move forward. They will be given about 20 to 25 minutes, Ferguson said.

The team will then break the group into smaller “primary interest groups.” The individuals will each share within their group their priorities and then the group will try and reach a consensus on the three priorities.

Group reports will be given to the entire audience. Along with identifying priorities, the individuals and groups will be asked to identify the lead agency that should be responsible.

Ferguson said following Tuesday’s meeting she will type up a priority grid based on the comments and provide that to the mayor.

“This meeting gives closure to the community assessment and gives the citizens another opportunity to be heard,” Ferguson said.

The public is invited, along with the Basin Council, Basin Planning & Zoning and Basin Master Plan Committee.

Master Plan consultant Ken Markert of MMI Planning said that while the Master Plan and Community Assessment at times looks at different aspects of a community, “in general the whole process can be useful.”

He said the priority meeting will be beneficial and may be incorporated into the Master Plan depending on what the priorities are. “The Master Plan looks at the physical development of the town — infrastructure, planning, facilities and zoning. The Community Assessment covers a lot of other topics including programming for youth. If the priorities fit in with the Master Plan purpose the committee will look at how to incorporate them into the plan.

He said there are resources noted in the assessment that will be useful in addressing some of the needs in the master plan.

The Master Plan Committee will be issuing a survey later this month to residents that will ask similar questions asked during the assessment meetings this summer. “The reason for the survey for the Master Plan is that it comes to your home. Some people won’t get out and go to meetings. This will get some different groups involved that maybe weren’t involved in the assessment,” Markert said.

The Master Plan, he said, “will be more detailed and focused than what the assessment can be.”