The Downer Neighborhood is an area on the northeast edge of Sheridan and was served by the
Soldier Creek Water Company from the city of Sheridan's system 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 $2,999,500.
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, however given economies of scale and the need
to disturb the streets once, both projects must be coordinated.
Proposed funding of the water project is from 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.
A construction contract was awarded to Hot Iron Inc, for construction of the improvements in fall of
2001. This work is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2002.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required on this project.