Johnson County Planning Grant Application Moves On To SLIB

Johnson County's application for a planning grant for a multi-use facility at the Bomber Mountain Civic Center has moved on to the State Lands and Investments Board (SLIB) for their review and approval. The SLIB's next meeting is Thursday, October 1st.

The grant application was approved by the Wyoming Business Council at a meeting they attended in Sheridan earlier this month, and their recommendation was for the SLIB to approve the funding for the planning grant.

Dave Simonsen, CEO of the Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board, that oversees the operations of the Bomber Mountain Civic Center, explained that the grant application is to study the feasibility of upgrading the facility to better serve the community in the future.

With current tenants including Sheridan College in Johnson County and the Boys and Girls Club of the Bighorns, the facility is already utilizing the available usable space and must look into renovating the second floor and basement of the old school building as well as plan for utilizing open space on the property, either for expansion or to alleviate parking concerns in the area, including at the courthouse, museum, and the civic center itself.

Renovations on the second floor and basement areas would include sprinkler systems, elevators and handicapped-accessible entries, restrooms and a number of other upgrades.

The planning grant will pay for the study to find if the renovations to the building and/or the uses of the open areas are attainable.

According to Simonsen, the next step in the process is a review and approval or disapproval by the SLIB at their October 1st meeting in Cheyenne.
If the grant application is approved, the study would likely go to bid in January of 2016, with work beginning on the study in March.