by nathan oster
Town officials and the Wyoming Department of Transportation are making progress toward an agreement on a beautification plan for downtown Greybull.
Bret Reed of Engineering Associates said Tuesday that it’s “close” to being a done deal.
At last Thursday’s meeting, the specifics of that plan were pitched for the first time to WYDOT officials. It included tree planting in three of the bumpouts as well as planters and benches along the two-block stretch of Greybull Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets.
Reed said WYDOT balked at the proposal to plant a tree in the bumpout in front of the McColloch Law Office, saying it would be on top of a storm drain. WYDOT instead suggested that it be planted closer to the building, Reed said.
Reed said WYDOT also wants to see the planters and benches installed closer to the buildings — and farther away from the street.
The tree plan has also changed, Reed said. Originally it called for three different types — a Canadian red cherry, a Japanese tree lilac and a tartarian maple.
After concerns were raised about the Canadian red cherry being a fruit tree and thus attractive to birds, it was removed from the proposal, replaced by a second maple tree.
Reed said the plan now calls for the maples to go in front of the McColloch building as well as the bumpout in front of the former Wyoming Classics buildings.
The lilac tree would go in front of the Historic Hotel Greybull.
A crane has been dominating the downtown landscape during the past week, as crews have been drilling the holes for the supports of the overhead structure at the intersection.
Holes have been drilled to the depth of 26 feet in front of the Bank of Greybull, the Wyoming Classics building and the Historic Hotel Greybull. A fourth hole, going down 9 feet, was drilled in front of Probst Western Store.
Meanwhile, the parking lot at the intersection of First Avenue North and Sixth Street has been paved.