New City Agreement Will Provide Public Parking for Next 20 Years

Written by on September 4, 2019

The Worland City Council approved a new parking agreement at it’s regular meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.
An agreement that was signed a little over 20 years ago between the city and Ace Hardware recently expired. That agreement deeded the parking lot to the City of Worland–which in turn took over the maintenance of the parking lot.
With the agreement now expired–and Washakie County showing interest in buying the Ace Hardware building to renovate it for a new library–the city wanted to draft a new agreement with concerns to public parking.
The agreement will be for 20 years–it establishes that all parking within the lot would be public parking. Currently as drafted–the agreement is with Kennedy Ace Hardware–but as soon as the county acquires the building–the agreement would be with Washakie County. In the case that the county does not buy the building–the agreement would be null and void.
Additional discussions on adding signage indicating the lot is for public parking and entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the county were tabled until a later date. The original request by City Attorney Kent Richins to approve the Public Parking Agreement for 20 years was approved unanimously.

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