The Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board is in the process of writing an application for a grant to begin the renovations at the old Clear Creek School Building.
Board Chairman Adam Teeten approached the county commission at their last meeting, asking for written backing for the grant application, and for monetary help, if the commissioners felt so inclined, to cover the cash match required for the grant.
Teeten told the commissioners the grant application was written with the understanding that the answer to the monetary help would probably be “no,” but were asking anyway.
The $1 million grant is through the Wyoming Business Council, and will require a local match of 25%, or $250,000 which the JPB has access to, he said. Not that they have the cash in the bank, but they “have means of acquiring those funds.”
The deadline for the application is December 1st, and the JPB will be notified in the spring whether or not they will receive the grant.
State Representative Mike Madden, speaking for himself as a taxpayer, said he has studied the building and the required upgrades that will be required to make the building usable, and said he personally was against spending money to refurbish the building. In his opinion, it would be better to raze the building and construct a new one on the site.
Teeten spoke on why the Board is focusing on renovating the building.
The commissioners voted to back the grant application in writing, but declined to help financially at this time.