Pine Bluffs relocating town offices by early 2019

 

August 16, 2018



Pine Bluffs town offices will soon be moving to a consolidated location.

Specifically, the town’s municipal building will be moving across the street from its current location at 220 Main Street.

Pine Bluffs Treasurer Kim Patterson said the move will give residents a chance to do their business with the town from a “one-stop shopping” approach.

Currently, Pine Bluffs’ department heads are scattered at various offices throughout town.

For example, recreation director Sonja Fornstrom currently operates from the Pine Bluffs Recreation Center. Public works director Jerry Lamb from the town’s maintenance shop with other department heads working from the town hall office.

The upcoming move will put them all in one place, Patterson said. In addition to that, the town will conduct its business from its own building. Currently, they operate out of a building owned by Laramie County Fire District 5.

Patterson used the example of a resident purchasing a programmable key fob to access the recreation building’s fitness facility. Currently, residents must pay for that at the town hall, but travel to the recreation center to have it programmed.


“Sometimes, when we’re separated, it’s almost like everybody is their own separate entity. We’re one big team and we have to work together,” Patterson said. “This will help us work as a more cohesive team in planning projects and town events.”

The Pine Bluffs Police Department will also move into the building from its current location. Patterson said there are no plans yet for PBPD’s current building, but it does need repairs.

It should be a seamless transition and Patterson said she does not foresee the town’s business being down.

Town officials are expected to make the move in early 2019.

Patterson said the project is expected to cost between $275,000 and $300,000. Funding was made available through unanticipated excess funds made available to the town.

While that price may seem high, Patterson said operating from its own building — and from one place — will save the town $25,000 to $30,000.

“We’re working with architects out of Cheyenne for redesigning the office space,” Patterson said. “It’s an effort tot save taxpayer dollars but offer one-stop shopping for our customers.”

And it will include elevators and be more accessible to senior citizens while also featuring ADA accessible restrooms — features the current town building doesn’t offer.

It will also be modernized and feature a big screen monitor for trainings and presentations.

 

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