The Downer Neighborhood is an area on the northeast edge of Sheridan and was served by the
Soldier Creek Water Company until the Downer Neighborhood Improvement and Service District
was formed in 1998. There are 125 taps in the project which was built in 1948. Due to its age the
system is needing substantial rehabilitation and improvement.
MSE-HKM was contracted to do the Level II evaluation of the system and to prepare conceptual
designs and cost estimates. The Level II analysis was completed during 1998 and
recommendations were made regarding the improvements that are required to bring the system up
to present system requirements. The total project cost is estimated to be $2,995,900.
At the annual district meeting in May of 1999, the district decided to pursue two projects
concurrently; a water supply project and a sewer improvement project. Funding for the sewer
project will come from sources other than WWDC.
Funding for the water project has been provided by the Water Development Commission, the
USDA Rural Utilities Service, and the Wyoming Business Council. The district applied for a
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $250,000. It was awarded only
$137,406. The district then requested additional funding from the WWDC of $112,594. This
additional funding will allow the project to advertise for bids and begin construction in early 2001.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project funding be increased by $113,000 to a total grant of