(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council began the process of applying for nearly $5 million in grants and loans for additional wastewater and infiltration prevention projects.
Last year the council received a $1.5 million from the State Loan and Investment Board for the first phase of the project, which includes removing biosolids from the sewer ponds and removing the broken aeration system. The loan was granted with 50 percent principal forgiveness, meaning essentially half of the amount was a grant. In order to receive the funds, the city was required to raise sewer rates to pay off the loan.
Now the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has said they won’t let the first phase go forward without having funding in place phase 2.
The first round of paperwork work for applications to SLIB were approved during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The wastewater lagoon application is for $2,861,937, and the application for infiltration and inflow reduction is for $2,054,640.
Public Works Director Mickey Simmons said he hopes the loans are approved with 50 percent principal forgiveness as the previous funding was. He did not know a time frame of when the latest funding could be approved.
Read more background on the project here.