News from the Cody Front Porch
Housing Assistance Now Available (Contact Numbers Corrected)
In Wyoming 2-1-1's October Newsletter, they shared that Wyoming has received CARES ACT Funding to assist individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence situations. This temporary program can assist with homelessness prevention programs, rent, rent deposits, utility deposits and utility payments. The funds are being dispersed by 6 agencies statewide. Individuals can be referred to Wyoming 2-1-1 and we will get them directed to the appropriate agency representing the client's county. Contact information has been UPDATED -- Please see below:
Wyoming 2-1-1 - Statewide
Dial 2-1-1 or 888-425-7138
Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Johnson, Park, Sheridan, or Washakie
307-672-0475 or 307-751-5708
With Virus Escalating, Department Recommendations Critical - October 24, 2020
With reported cases of COVID-19 recently escalating along with hospitalizations and confirmed coronavirus-related deaths, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official says it is critical time for residents to follow the department’s recommendations meant to slow and limit new cases of the virus.
“Our coronavirus cases are growing far too quickly and we are facing a deeply concerning situation across the state,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. “It is up to all of us to help prevent Wyoming’s problem from getting far worse.”
Renewing the 4% Lodging Tax - Fact Sheet.
The lodging tax has been in place consistently for 30 plus years. This tax is voted on for renewal every 4 years.
Did you know that in 2019, visitors to Park County paid about $10.6 million in sales taxes that helped fun local government services, infrastructure and maintenance. This reduced the tax burden for all Park County Residents.
Fact Sheet about the Sales & Use 5th Cent Tax.
Did you know?
- Revenues from a 5th ¢ tax are distributed based on population. If passed the revenues would be distributed as estimated: 43% to Park County, 34% to Cody, 22% to Powell and 1% to Meeteetse.
- 99% of the optional penny revenue will return to the local governments, generated from all Park County and Yellowstone National Park.
- The 5th ¢ tax (General Purpose Sales & Use Tax) would be voted on every four years.
A 1 percent optional general purpose sales tax will be on the ballot in Park County’s general election on November 3, 2020. If passed, tax proceeds will be distributed to Park County’s municipalities based on population.
Find out more about the 1% optional general purpose sales tax on this page.
Cody Regional Health’s COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
Cody Regional Health’s COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing site is relocating effectively Thursday, October 8, 2020 and offering more tests and more hours due to a recent influx in COVID-19 testing demands.
The new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will relocate from Cody Regional Health’s main West Park Hospital campus to the Cody Stampede Rodeo grounds located at 519 W Yellowstone Ave, Cody, WY 82414.
Drive-Thru testing will now be offered weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. This testing is first come, first serve, and ends when allotted tests are gone.
Depending on what type of test supplies are available (and supply availability can change daily), test results may take up to 7 days to receive. Tests cost $25 per person by check, debit or credit card. No cash please.
Weekly outdoor public meetings are scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, at Denny Menholt Chevrolet on the 16th Street & Sheridan Ave intersection. Businesses and citizens are invited to the weekly meetings.
Sept. 15 update
Concrete grinding is scheduled beginning Monday, Sept. 21, between 14th and 15th streets and between Beck and Alger avenues on the Sheridan Avenue concrete rehabilitation project in downtown Cody.
Night grinding hours are scheduled between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
"The contractor will complete all work today from 14th Street through 15th Street on the south half of Sheridan Avenue, except for some minor Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades on the southeast corner of 15th Street," said Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody. "The south intersection of 15th Street/Sheridan Avenue and the lane closure reopens to live traffic tonight."
Continued work by contractor S&S Builders, LLC, of Gillette, includes replacement of concrete slabs, curb and gutter, double gutter, sidewalk and ADA upgrades around the corner from 17th Street to Sheridan Avenue in the eastbound lanes. "The west side of the Beck Avenue/17th Street intersection will remain closed for this work," Frost said.
During the $4.93 million Sheridan Avenue project, traffic is being carried on one lane in each direction on one side of the street, while work is being completed on the other half of the street.
Frost said the work zone speed limit is 20 mph, and left turns are not allowed through the work zone.
For information about this news release, please contact Cody Beers, WYDOT public relations specialist, at (307) 431-1803.
Wyoming State Park Permits 2020
We are an authorized vendor for these permits.
WY Resident Permit Fees for 2020:
$40 Day Use
$12 Additional Day Use Permits
$15 Additional Camping Permits
Locals - please bring along your vehicle registration information and your Wyoming driver's license to confirm your in-state residency. Additional vehicle or replacement discounted permits registered to same household are only offered in person with proof of original receipt!
More information (and the option to purchase online) on State Park Permits can be found on the State Parks website.
Governor Mark Gordon recently convened a special session of the Wyoming Legislature to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Express Arrow Bus Service
Express Arrow is operating a limited day schedule route that makes stops in Wyoming at Lovell, Cody, Greybull, Basin, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, and Casper.
Purchase tickets online with a credit card, or locally with cash in Cody at the Wyoming Buffalo Company, 1270 Sheridan Avenue, 10am - 6pm.
The pick up and drop off location in Cody is the Cody Senior Center, 613 16th Street, 307-587-6221.
Contact Express Arrow's main office at 877-779-2999.