Aside from the simple relief provided to the citizens of Sheridan as a result of the reopening of a newly decorated North Main all the way to Main Street in a few short weeks, a larger sense of accomplishment might be felt by the North Main Neighborhood Association. Nearing the end of a more than year-long project, Dave Debolt takes us back before NMNA was created, to where and why it all started.
A large part of the NMNA's goal was to involve the public in the project. The creation of the association itself was brought about by these comment sessions, and he said about 600 people participated in the sessions in various ways, and from that, you get what you see now on along the streets of North Main.
Debolt says there were some negative comments, from private property owners near the project, and others who disagreed with the project, but he feels that has changed now that it's almost done.
NMNA, a 501C3 Wyoming nonprofit created in March of 2009, has worked with the city, WYDOT and the people of Sheridan to revitalize - and even replant - the area north of Sheridan and will continue to do so.
NMNA's area, larger than some might be aware of, goes from 1st Street at the bridge, as far north Wrench Ranch annexation. It reaches east to Interstate 90 and west to Highland up Lewis Street to Vail. Debolt says that there's a lot of things on the horizon for the NMNA which he wants public input to continue to be a part of.
North main should open in about three to four weeks. Construction of a median still needs to take place, so workers will continue to be on the streets into October.