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Mayor Lundvall cancels out-of-town retreat amid public backlash

Negative public feedback about the first out-of-town Gillette City Council retreat in years has forced the mayor to cancel the trip and reschedule at a local location.

The Gillette City Council Chambers at City Hall (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. – The City of Gillette has announced that the upcoming out-of-town retreat will be rescheduled for a later date at a local location. 

“Since we published notice of our upcoming retreat, I have been humbled by the public response,” Mayor Shay Lundvall said in a statement, adding that his intentions as a new mayor were pure and that he had only sought to get the council team together and on the same page with minimal distractions. 

“That said, I want our residents to know that I am listening and I hear you,” Lundvall said. “As a result of your feedback, I have decided to postpone the retreat.”

Lundvall said he will be regrouping with the council and city staff to talk about the next steps they should take and said the city will keep its residents informed on new developments. 

The retreat had previously been approved in early January by a unanimous vote by the Gillette City Council with the location later being revealed as The Lodge at Deadwood on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. 

Lundvall had originally proposed the idea of hosting the first out-of-town city council retreat in years, stating that the idea was to allow the council to focus on city business without having to worry about their day-to-day lives in Gillette and distractions.

The mayor’s idea garnered support from the other members of the council during the associated meeting, each of whom stated they agreed with the mayor on a need for them to discuss city business without distractions like work and family.