SAWS board adopts budget, OKs water line relocation

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board approved and adopted its fiscal year 2013-2014 budget at its meeting that was rescheduled from Wednesday to Monday of this week.

Total revenues and funds are budgeted at approximately $3.98 million while total expenses are budgeted at approximately $3.4 million.

Dan Coughlin, project manager for SAWS and Sheridan County, said this year’s budget is similar to last year’s with a few categories shifted up or down but the overall budget remaining flat.

The board did add one item to the budget at its meeting, Coughlin said. A SAWS water line near Maverick Drive off of Coffeen Avenue near the Big Horn Y needs to be relocated in order to accommodate a bridge replacement project on Maverick Drive over Little Goose Creek. The waterline relocation is estimated to cost approximately $150,000 for engineering and construction, Coughlin said.

There was no public comment on the budget.

SAWS board members moved the agenda item for approval of a contract for professional services with Entech, Inc., to design the Maverick Drive waterline relocation project into its consent agenda, Coughlin said. The consent agenda was approved unanimously.

The Maverick Drive Bridge Replacement Project is a joint effort between Sheridan County and the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The original SAWS waterline took a jog to avoid conflict with the bridge, but the new bridge will be bigger, Coughlin said.

“The new bridge will have a bigger footprint. Our original jog wasn’t a big enough jog, so we have to redo,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin said SAWS board members hope design of the pipe relocation will be complete by the end of July so that construction can be complete by the end of October. Once the 8-inch waterline is relocated, work on the bridge replacement can begin.

In other business:

• The SAWS board is close to giving a notice to proceed to the contractor for conventional upgrades to the Big Goose and Sheridan Water treatment plants. Coughlin hopes work will begin this month.

• Board members are still in the process of working with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to negotiate booster station upgrades.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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