Laramie residents will have the opportunity give the City Council their opinions on a potential 5,528 acre land transaction.

Laramie city council will be holding a special meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers in order to inform residents of the transaction and to allow them to voice their opinions on the matter. Mayor Andrea Summerville said the meeting will include a presentation on the land offer and a public comment period.

The offer for the land was first presented to the Albany County Commissioners on July 18. The land, which extends east from Laramie to Medicine Bow National Forest, is being offered to Albany County for $14 million. The county will have 365 days from the time they sign the agreement to complete the purchase.

Mayor Andrea Summerville said the special meeting is an opportunity for Laramie residents to share their thoughts on the potential transaction. She said City Council will try to field as many comments as they can during the meeting, but that this will probably not be the only opportunity for public comment.

"This will be the first time that the City Council really sits down and takes a look at this with the public hearing as well," "This will be the first step in trying to digest the offer and what that means and look at all the details. I have no doubt that this will be the first of probably a couple meetings with this topic."

Summerville said those commenting will most likely have between two to five minutes to speak. She said City Council will consider a second public hearing on the matter if there is a large number of commenters.

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