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Council seeks ARPA funds for sewer project

New round of funding could see next phase of Moorcroft's sewer plans completed

Moorcroft has been actively seeking grants to assist in completing the Powder River Sewer Project and, according to HDR Engineering’s Heath Turbiville, an option this year is available from the same pool of money from which the town previously applied to work on the Moorcroft Town Center (MTC).

This American Rescue Plan Act account, administered by the State Loans and Investments Board, has been rejuvenated with extra funds and Turbiville told Moorcroft’s governing body recently: “In the last round, there were a lot of water and sewer projects that got funded…anything a million [dollars] or less were the first ones to be approved.”

Mayor Ben Glenn advocated the idea, saying, “If there’s a possibility we can capitalize on some of that, I think we should.”

With the suggestion from the engineer accepted, the group discussed applying for a phase or the entire remainder of the project, to which Turbiville opined, “I would try for a phase of it because I don’t think there’s enough money in the program for you to be able to get funding for the whole thing.”

The council agreed on the area needing attention as the lower south half of town; specifically, the section along Railroad Street, looping into Cheyenne Avenue and a block on Weston. Glenn asked Turbiville for a cost analysis for that area.

Applications for this funding must be received by August 4 so the council anticipates approving a resolution to proceed at the July 26 meeting.