SHERIDAN — Sheridan City Council voted Monday to award a bid for the Northwest Water Transmission Line Project to Wilson Bros. Construction out of Cowley in the amount of $3,272,815. The entire amount has been funded by a Wyoming Water Development Commission grant.
Project Engineer Joe Schoen said the city hopes to begin construction in February or March 2014 and have it complete by July 15, 2014.
The project will include a 16-inch water main extension, 12-inch sanitary sewer extension, dirt grading, concrete culverts, crushed base and asphalt paving. The paving will extend Yellowtail Drive and end west of the approach to Sheridan College’s new large animal facility.
The water main will be extended from the High Tech Business Park, behind the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to a main near West Fifth Street. The sewer main will be extended to Sheridan College’s new property.
Following Schoen’s staff presentation, city council members remained silent.
“We’re stunned,” Mayor Dave Kinskey said, noting that the city has been working so long on the northwest water main loop that it’s hard to believe it’s coming to fruition.
The council also voted to appoint Kinskey as its voting delegate at the winter workshop for the Wyoming Association of Municipalities. City Clerk Scott Badley was appointed as the alternate delegate.
In other business, Police Chief Rich Adriaens announced that Sheridan’s Tipsy Taxi program recently received an award from the Governor’s Impaired Driving Council, which has been commissioned by Gov. Matt Mead to find alternative ways besides legislation to fight drunk driving in the state. Sheridan was one of four communities to receive the award, Adriaens said.
“We average about 150 rides per month. We’re up to 200 now. In the first five months of use of the Tipsy Taxi, DUI arrests were down 24 percent, and public intoxication arrests were down 33 percent. In the first quarter of this fiscal year, DUI arrests are down 23 percent from last year, and PI arrests are down 17,” Adriaens said. “What’s significant about those numbers there is that we have, through grant money, increased our DUI patrol. So we’ve got more enforcement out there and less arrests being made. The community and everybody involved in this should be commended.”
Adriaens said the biggest hurdle to overcome was funding for a yearly budget of $20,000 to $25,000. Currently 23 liquor dealers contribute about $200 each to the program and the rest comes from other fundraising means.
Adriaens called several people to the front of the city council chambers to commend them for their work on the Tipsy Taxi program. They included: Carol Davis, secretary-treasurer of the Sheridan County Liquor Dealers Association; Connie Deutsch, president of the Sheridan County Liquor Dealers Association; Bud Talbert, owner of Sheridan Transportation, which accepts vouchers for free rides; Thom Gabrukiewicz, director of Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention; and Jennifer Shassetz, who coordinates the program at the police department.