What’s the town’s next big project?

by nathan oster

New entry signs? Check.

A dog park? Check.

What project is next on the town’s to-do list?

That decision may rest in your hands.

A “Git ‘er Done” open house is planned for Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Herb Asp Community Center. Organizers from the town staff and Grow Big Horn County plan to hang on the walls posters identifying 29 possible projects that were identified in the community assessment.

As a member of the community, you can offer important input that will help community leaders set priorities and goals.

“On each poster there will be two columns — one on which people can say, ‘Yes, I want to see this happen,’ and the other where they can say, ‘Yes, I’ll help make this happen,’” said Sue Taylor, the director of Grow Big Horn County.

The hours are set for 1 to 4 p.m., but there will be no presentations. It’ll be an open house format. “People can come and go as they please,” said Taylor, who said the point of the open house is to inspire local residents to get more involved in their community.

Among the projects that are up for consideration are a mini-golf course, an arts walk, a community potluck dinner, a housing rehabilitation program, some different ideas for additional winter recreation, a dinosaur week and a military museum.

“We are likely to have five to 10 that rise to the top in terms of interest and citizens willing to get ‘er done,” said Taylor.

A follow-up meeting is planned for Jan. 17, when over the course of 30 to 45 minutes, attendees will have a chance to talk about project timelines and potential funding sources and offer additional input, said Taylor.

“The town has done a very good job with projects and ideas from the assessment, but they cannot possibly do it all, nor should they be expected to,” said Taylor. “That’s why we are excited to be expanding these opportunities to the community as a whole.”