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Evansville to seek grants for sidewalk, broadband projects

Texas Street in Evansville, where the community seeks to continue building sidewalks through grants (Google Street View)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Town of Evansville agreed to draft letters of intent seeking grants to continue building new sidewalks and to bring fiber-optic high-speed internet to the town.

The council agreed to draft letters of intent applying for the two grants at their regular meeting Tuesday. Both grants are administered through the Wyoming Community Development Authority.

Mayor Chad Edwards said that the council had met with Kyle Ridgeway, vice president of Mountain West Technologies Corporation, at a work session last week. He said Mountain West is seeking to partner with Evansville in applying for the grant, available through federal COVID-19 relief funds aimed at expanding broadband access.

“My understanding is they are going to build out this project one way or the other,” Edwards said, adding that there would be no cost to the town. Mountain would would pay 20% of the $500,000 if the grant were awarded.

The project would deliver “1 GB synchronous service” to the town, Edwards said. If the partnership were successful, Evansville residents would also pay a discounted rate for service.

The council also agreed to seek a block grant to continue building new sidewalks in town. Council member Cathy Stypa said her preference would be to work on the sidewalk running north and south around Evansville Elementary.