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Mills passes ARPA funds application, traffic study resolutions

Mills Eagle reinstalled over city 6/13/2022 (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Mills will seek federal water and sewer grant funding to help pay for the construction of a new finished water tank, a project the city has been trying to get done since 2020, Mayor Seth Coleman told Oil City News.

City staff can begin the process of filing applications for the American Rescue Plan Act grant funding after City Council signed off on a resolution to provide its support Tuesday, July 26. The resolution authorizes Coleman to sign an application to the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board for the funding.

The hope is the new funds will get the project off the ground. After Mills received funds from the Investment Board to start the project, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By the time the city could begin work on it again, supply chain issues had driven materials costs up much higher. The city needs about $800,000 to cover the costs of the project.

Also passed Tuesday was a resolution allowing the city’s community development director, Sabrina Kemper, to hire a contractor to perform a traffic study in Mills. Since the Barney Charter School Initiative proposed to open a school in the town, the traffic study would allow the city to analyze how its situation would change with a charter school up and running.

“Basically, the neighborhood gets built up, the school’s then 1,200 students plus staff — what does that look like, to keep everybody safe?” Kemper said at the work session Tuesday.

Both resolutions passed without comment at the meeting.