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Progress across the board for city projects


December 10, 2020

Success across the board for the City of Sundance’s project list this month. The council heard reports on Tuesday that spoke of progress for new water tanks, Old Stoney and the park that sits next door.

Karla Greaser of Trihydro reported on the Sundance West water tank replacement, informing the council that water line work is nearing completion and attention will then shift to pump station improvements. Plans have been submitted for final construction and design of the tank itself, she said, and Trihydro will be reviewing them.

Greaser submitted a change order for construction for an additional length of water line and fittings, which is necessary because the actual location of the existing water line was not precisely where it was expected to be. The change order was for $11,650.83 and has been approved by the Wyoming Water Development Commission; a motion was passed to approve it.

Greaser also reported on the Sundance Kid tank, located across the interstate. The design is moving along, she said, and representatives from Abandoned Mine Lands have investigated a potential issue with ravens nesting near the new site.

The raptor investigation did not find any active nests, she said, but did note that the habitat is good for raptors. This will require a pre-construction survey but, said Greaser, “I think the impacts may just be timing” and will just affect what times of the year construction can take place.

Public Works Director Mac Erickson reported that the weather has been favorable for the new Sundance Square park and it looks like all the concrete will be down this fall. Construction as a whole may not be complete until spring, however, Erickson said.

Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz presented change orders, the first for $671 for large metal signs to go behind the stage and the second for $140,000 for the restroom facility with concession stand. This was budgeted for in the original bid, she said, but the decision was made to construct the facility instead of importing a prefab building as it would be $50,000 cheaper; both change orders were approved.

Lenz also reported on Old Stoney, telling the council that the museum is in the process of moving in and the city is doing the final bookwork with payments.

“It really is just about off of our plate,” she said.

The mayor was granted council permission to sign an agreement over the Sundance Kid statue, which is being moved to the new Sundance Square park. In 2003, an agreement was signed between the city, Sundance Chamber of Commerce and county that it would be located on county property, owned by the chamber and the city would be paid $10,000 over the course of four years for maintenance.

The agreement has been revamped to remove the involvement of the county, as the statue is no longer located on its property.


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