SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority ratified contracts for work on the Weatherby, Inc. project.

The group approved Sheridan’s Dick Anderson Construction to preside over the project as construction manager at risk. Each ratification of the contract allows funding for another subcontractor contributing to the project.

In SEEDA’s meeting Monday, the joint powers board approved the contract of Arete Design for its architectural schematic designs and design developments. The $561,520 part of the project falls under grant-eligible expenditures.

A grant through the Wyoming Business Council, totaling $12,592,090, will help finance these contracts.

The metal work for the building went out to bid publicly two weeks ago and came back with the lowest bid totaling $2,137,699. Northern Wyoming Community College District director of facilities Kent Andersen said the bid was right on track with the budget estimate.

The next set of bids for the building will include the interior electrical and mechanical work needed once the main structure is built and secured.

SEEDA is also seeking training grants for those applying for jobs with Weatherby through the Department of Workforce Services. They secured a pre-obligated $250,000 for job training.

Vacutech, which also resides in the business park near the North Sheridan Interchange, is in the process of preparing the deed for transfer for the expansion of the business. SEEDA’s legal counsel, Rex Arney, reviewed the contract between SEEDA and Vacutech.

SEEDA’s next meeting on May 8 at 11:30 a.m will feature a request from the KOA in Sheridan regarding a water diversion in the area.