City Approves Agreement for Hydroturbine Facility

The city of Sheridan will build, own and operate a hydroturbine faciliy to generate electricity under an agreement approved Tuesday night with Montana-Dakota Utilities.

City Utilities Director Dan Roberts.

In an interview with Sheridan Media after the meeting, Roberts talked about the benefits of the agreement to the city.

Revenue will come from sale of the electricity generated by the hydroturbine facility back to MDU. Roberts told the council that design work started on the facility last fall, and bidding will be in February 2017.

In other action Tuesday, the council heard from John Hodges with the Brothman Group, which is conducting a search to fill the city administrator position in Sheridan. Hodges said the firm is going through the process of screening candidates for the job. Jenny Loomis, the new president of the Downtown Sheridan Association, was also introduced to the council.

Council members renewed an agreement with Centennial Theatres for use of the parking lot across Gould Street from City Hall. City Engineer Lane Thompson said handicapped parking will be added on both ends of the parking lot. Also, the council approved creation of a subdivision on North Gould Street and accepted open space offered in lieu of parkland on Brundage Lane.

The subdivision resolution divided two lots at 1211 and 1229 N. Gould into three lots, creating the Phoenix Subdivision. The area is about 21,000 square feet in size and is zoned R-3 Residential. The second request was for the proposed Skyview West Subdivision at the northeast corner of Brundage Lane and Big Horn Avenue.