SWEETWATER COUNTY – Communities continue to take advantage of the consensus block grant as the Sweetwater County Commissioners approved two more requests to go before the State Land and Investment Board.
For awhile now, the communities of Sweetwater County have been asking for money which has been granted to Sweetwater County through Consensus Block Grants. SLIB recently approved several million dollars in projects including the College Drive Improvements in Rock Springs and the Sweetwater County Health and Human Service Building.
On Tuesday, two more applications were approved by the Sweetwater County Commissioners which will be sent to SLIB for their final approval at their next meeting. The requests came from Green River and Superior.
During the last application process, Green River received approval for a police department safety vehicle replacement and a boiler replacement at city hall in the amount of $510,000. In the new application, the city of Green River is asking for self contained breathing apparatuses for the Green River Fire Department. The total amount requested is $310,000.
As for Superior’s request, they are asking for money to help with the Wastewater Capital Improvement Project and the Drinking Water Capital Improvement Project. The total of the two projects is approximately $150,000.
Sweetwater County Grant Manager Krisena Marchal explained to the commissioners these projects are both very much needed as Superior has received Department of Environmental Quality violations on these issues in the past.
There is still a portion left in the block grant fund for use. The remaining is Granger at $149,702 and Green River still has a balance remaining of $333,678.
During a similar application process a few months back, the commissioners were critical of Granger. At the Tuesday meeting, they again asked about Granger.
Marchal said she has been in contact with them about a project and said they are currently looking at a couple of possible projects. The first is an Technology project and the second is purchase of land. Marchal said she will continue to inquire so she can make sure the projects meet the requirements for the grant money.