SWEETWATER COUNTY – For the past couple of years, the city of Rock Springs, city of Green River and Sweetwater County have been approving applications for Consensus Block Grant money. On Tuesday, the commissioners approved an application from Green River for the remainder of their portion of the grant money.
The Consensus Block Grant is money that has been provided to communities from the state to help fund different projects. Sweetwater County received a little over $4.5 million. That money was then divided so the county and each community would get a percentage.
To receive the funds, an application goes through the Sweetwater County Commissioners and the governing bodies of Green River and Rock Springs. If the entities approve the application, it is then sent to the State Land and Investment Board for final approval.
Projects that have been financed by this money include the remodel of the Sweetwater County Health and Human Service building on Broadway, College Drive improvements and vehicles for the Green River Police Department. Wamsutter, Bairoil and Superior have also taken advantage of the grant money.
On Tuesday, the commissioners looked at an application from Green River. While most of the money has been used from the other communities, Green River had approximately $333,000 left in their account.
Sweetwater County Grant Coordinator Krisena Marchal explained to the commission the project requested by Green River was to finish the indoor shooting range at the Green River Police Department. The amount requested is the remaining money available to them.
Commissioner Reid West questioned what the estimated cost on the project was. Marchal said the high end estimate was $333,000. She said if by chance Green River does not use the entire amount of money, she would be back in front of the commission to get approval to use whatever was left on another project.
The commissioners unanimously approved the application.
Through this process, the commissioners have been critical of Granger. No project has been submitted for Granger. The concern is if they do not use the money allotted to them, the state could take that away and give it to another county.
At the meeting, Marchal again reported Granger is still the only community that has not submitted a project.
The Green River application is also up for action at Tuesday night’s Rock Springs City Council meeting. Final approval from SLIB is anticipated to be in February.