Thursday Update: Public Information Officer Joe Lunne said in an email this morning the City of Gillette was successful in being awarded a $1 million grant from SLIB. City Administrator Carter Napier said Tuesday the money will be used for the upcoming Gillette Avenue Reconstruction Project.
At Tuesday night’s Gillette City Council workshop the council received an update on the design process for the Gillette Avenue Reconstruction Project. City Administrator Carter Napier says the design process is about 90% complete.
“The design is ninety plus percent done at this point. When the design is complete, the engineer's estimate will be complete as well; and certainly, we expect that to be done by the end of this month or early part of February.”
If the council approves of the design, the Gillette Avenue Reconstruction bid award is expected to occur in March. Yesterday morning, while appearing on News Talk 1270-KIML with Don Carpenter, Napier provided some more detail on a timeline.
“Well, we hope to get started in the spring. The plan is to go a couple blocks at a time, to get in there and out of there as quickly as possible, and then to move on to the next segment of blocks in the area. With all that said and done, we hope to be out of the way of the Twin Spruce School area by the time school starts. And we hope to be done with everything before the shopping season starts for Christmas next year.”
City staff members have been meeting with the Wyoming Business Council and are optimistic they will receive some good news this week that will have a very positive impact on the Gillette Avenue Reconstruction Project.
“We gained approval from the Business Council for a million dollars for the Gillette Avenue Project that primarily would be used for streetscape enhancements, and so forth; sidewalks would also be included in there as well.”
The final step in the process of receiving that funding is for them to appear before the State Land and Investment Board this week.
“We will go to them this week, and find out if, in fact, they concur with the Business Councils decision, and, hopefully, send us home with their approval as well.”
That meeting with SLIB will take place on Thursday.