City improvements continue on schedule

By Sarah Pridgeon

Ongoing city improvement projects, including the Sundance Kids’ Daycare center, West Street stream crossing and Cole Water Storage Tank, were discussed at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the City Council.

The new daycare center, according to City Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz, has an anticipated building completion date of October 15 and the final stages are now underway, such as painting and installing cupboards. According to Mayor Paul Brooks, the building is looking good, but further steps are required to make it habitable – the completion date will only see the building itself completed.

The West Street stream crossing project was, according to the contract, allotted 21 days for completion. The project entails channel realignment and extension of the water mains past the south side of the alley.

The contractor, DRM Inc. of Gillette, was due to begin work on the crossing last week, but reported a delay caused by problems in obtaining materials from suppliers. A change order was granted by the council, moving the project’s start date to October 11 and completion date to October 31.

Two bids were received for the Alley/Pathway Project, which involves repairing the alley next to the Dime Horseshoe Bar and creating a walking path from the sidewalk across from the Aro Restaurant to Clarenbach Memorial Park. Of the two bids, from Aensworth-Benning of Spearfish and Timberline Industries, the latter, lower bid, using six-inch concrete paving, was accepted.

On the request of the owners of the Dime Horseshoe Bar, Timberline proposed paving the entire alley, from 2nd Street to 3rd Street, and offsetting the cost by returning responsibility for adding a handrail to the walking path to the council, to be installed by the Public Works Department. Mayor Paul Brooks was granted permission from the council to approve a change order trading installation of the handrail with paving the extra part of the alley.

American Engineering Testing has asked for the original geographic testing data from the Cole Water Storage Tank Site in order to finish their report, said Ken Rathbun of Bearlodge Engineering. Monitoring ceased at the site on September 12 and, as yet, no statement of cause or liability has been made.

According to Public Works Director Larry Schommer, representatives from Trihydro, an environmental and engineering corporation from Laramie, visited the site on September 21 and noted that it had been built on an “ancient slide plane.” They commented, said Schommer, that it had only been a matter of time before the tank began to move.

FEMA has requested an estimate of cost to keep the tank in place as well as, in the light of suggestions the site may be an ancient slide plane, the original geographical readings and site approval. This information is required to continue investigating the possibility of funding repairs or replacement, said Lenz.