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Great Plains Utilities Organization to begin service, billing in October

Sep 30, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

The organization will cover various water and wastewater services for customers spanning from the Arapahoe-Great Plains areas to Beaver Creek housing.

The Great Plains Utilities Organization is advising its commercial and residential customers that service and billing for water and wastewater will start in October.

"Our target date is Oct. 1 for the customer base to start sending their utility payment to our address, either mail it in money order or they can come to the office at 98 Gas Hills Road," organization director Pat Moss said.

Customers can pay directly at the utility's offices at the former Northern Arapaho food distribution and commodities building, or they can mail their payments to 9 Great Plains, Unit 9819, Arapahoe, WY 82510.

The organization will cover various water services for its customers spanning from the Arapahoe-Great Plains areas to Beaver Creek housing.

The change applies to monthly payments for water, wastewater or both, Moss said.

"Some like the housing clusters, they're on both," he said. "Some residence locations are on both, some are just water."

Commercial and residential customers in the area served by the new water organization will see their service switch from Northern Arapaho Utilities.

"That will change to Great Plains Utilities," Moss said. "That includes the schools, the Arapahoe school system, the St. Stephen's school system, the Wind River Casino as well as the 789 Casino and other commercial or churches."

Great Plains Utilities workers are starting to inform customers in their service area about the change.

"What we're going to be undertaking here from now until the 28th is canvassing ... the residences along the Arapahoe community water line system," Moss said.

Customers should start seeing fliers at their homes, businesses and other locations to notify them about the switch. The plan is "to make them aware that here's the information to submit your payments to," Moss said.

The organizers behind Great Plains Utilities have service as their priority, he said.

"The creation was in regard to having to do with adequate attention to customers and system operation," Moss said.

The organization's mission is "to continue to provide quality service," he added.

"The service and communication will certainly be a priority of our organization," he said.

He encourages anyone with questions to call the Great Plains Utilities office at 857-2004 or visit 98 Gas Hills Road.

"We look forward to providing them the best service that we are able to provide them. We have regular monthly board of director meetings that they can attend if they want," Moss said.

The meetings start at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Great Plains Utilities building.

The organization's board consists of chairman Joe Crazy-Thunder, vice chairwoman Ruth Big Lake, treasurer Michael Black-burn, secretary Colleen SunRhodes-Addison and member Rose Oldman.

Other staff includes administrative clerk Flora Dewey, operator Mike Quiver and operator trainee Karl Jerome Whiteplume.

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