Grants are Goal of Utility Ordinance

Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey -- Photo by Pat Blair
Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey -- Photo by Pat Blair

Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey says the city doesn't want to be in the electrical utility business.

But city officials do want a shot at getting state grants to finance infrastructure improvements.

MDU is Montana Dakota Utilities. The end-game, the mayor says, is to attract businesses that offer good-paying jobs and that will help Sheridan's economy grow. He said nothing is more important to city officials, right now, than to acquire decent-paying jobs.

An ordinance that would authorize creation of an electric utility enterprise has passed second reading, and will be up for third and final reading at the city council's April 21 meeting. The mayor says the ordinance will create a “virtual” utility company that will be able to expand infrastructure to meet future electrical needs the way the city currently expands water and sewer lines to meet anticipated future growth needs. More importantly, Kinskey says, the ordinance will open the door to grants from the Wyoming Business Council.

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