By Mayor Trent Staggs
Over the last two years, city staff have been hard at work to provide much needed updates and renovations to Riverton City Hall. Major upkeep was needed, and due to a lack of proper signage, I was constantly told by residents and visitors that there was difficulty differentiating City Hall from the Community Center, Police Department and the Old Dome Meeting Hall. With a desire to make progress on our goal of creating a revitalized, pedestrian-friendly downtown destination as outlined in our city’s strategic priorities, I worked alongside the city council to ensure proper funds were put aside each budget cycle to beautify and enhance this historic building. We were also fortunate enough to be awarded grant funds which were used to offset a good portion of expenses. With this collaboration and years of planning and hard work from city staff, I am pleased to announce that major renovations are now complete.
Last month we had the exciting opportunity to hold an open house for the public to come and view the renovations made inside and outside Riverton City Hall. With our council members present, we also had a ceremonial ribbon cutting to commemorate the completion of our remodel. At the forefront of our renovations was the beautification and enhancement to the front of City Hall which included new features such as a water fountain, flag poles, digital sign and waterwise landscaping. Renovations to the inside of City Hall include new flooring, paint, signage, artwork and a much-needed remodel to our Council Chamber. In addition, we have revamped our upstairs lobby area within the community center to house historical items. The Historic Preservation Commission has done an outstanding job acquiring artifacts and pictures of our city’s past to fill the displays.
Just like with any historic building, there will always be a need to smartly allocate funds for future maintenance. With these newest renovations, I believe we finally have a distinguishable City Hall that is stately and provides a local meeting place that every Riverton resident can be proud of. For those that could not make it to the open house, I would invite you to visit City Hall to see all the great renovations and to learn more about our city’s history.