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Great Plains looking to expand water line

Jan 6, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Great Plains Utility Organization of the Northern Arapaho Tribe has asked Fremont County Commissioners to sponsor an application for a grant to be put toward the placement of a new water line.

"Our attempt is to connect the existing water line of the Arapahoe community system between the (Wyoming Highway) 789 location directly toward the Wind River Casino," organization director Pat Moss said.

Moss said the connection would allow continued water service for residents of the Arapahoe community in the case of an incident.

"If there was a break to occur it would affect the Wind River Casino, the Beaver Creak area and eastern residential parts and commercial customers of the community," Moss said.

Depending on the location of the break, he said the connection would alleviate water interruption and not leave anyone without water. Moss added that this project would also allow for future commercial or residential development.

The application would have to be reviewed and approved by the Wyoming Business Council. Moss and tribal engineer Travis Brockie presented the request at a commission meeting in November. Moss said they are requesting $113,200 in sponsorship for the Community Development Block Grant.

Wyoming Business Council director Roger Bower attended the commission meeting. If the grant is approved, he said the county would be reimbursed for work done.

"The public, through the county, would technically own the pipeline," Bower said.

He said funds could be available by May 13 if the application for the grant is received by the Jan. 15 deadline. He said the organization is eligible to receive up to $500,000.

Moss estimated that the actual cost of the project would be less than the grant amount, and if the organization needs to allocate more funds, it will seek additional services to match the price tag.

He said the feedback he got from the meeting was positive, and he hopes the project gets approved. He said his organization will continue to strive to provide the best service for the community.