$2 million grant for the WYO Theater on Council agenda

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The WYO Theater — bigger and better than it was even five years ago — is slated for even more expansion. The City of Sheridan will vote at a regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight on Resolution 39-15 to submit a $2 million Downtown Development Grant application to the Wyoming Business Council for Phase 2 of the WYO Performing Arts and Education Center. This project is a continuation of the expansion of the WYO Theater that began with the 2011 Perkins Building reconstruction, according to the City. The project envisions the creation of a premier space for programming and education in the performing arts in Sheridan. Phase 1 involved the creation of the Mars Theater, as well as the expanded lobby and wing space for the WYO itself. That project, funded with an earlier Wyoming Business Council grant, made possible the expansion and programming of events and performances, as well as opened the door for events like the Wyoming Theater Festival, according to the City. Phase 2, funded by the WBC grant and other local funding commitments, would include expanding the front lobby space, three classrooms, rehearsal space and more. The total grant eligible costs of the project are $2,696,814, of which $2 million would come from the grant. The Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority has already committed $200,000 to the project, and an additional $161,814 would come from private fundraising, according to the City. The Northern Wyoming Community College District would make an in kind contribution of the building and property valued at $335,000, by deeding them to the City as part of the project. The City owns the WYO Theater and Perkins Buildings. The city will also: - Vote on the purchase of a new forklift for $36,325 from Discount Forklift to support the new curb-side recycling sorting center. - Vote whether to award a bid to O’Dell Construction for $925,080 for the Sheridan Senior Center Daybreak Project. The City of Sheridan was awarded a Wyoming Business Council Grant for the new facility, and the Sheridan Senior Center has been able to raise the additional funds required for the successful completion of the project. - Vote on third reading during the consent agenda on Ordinance 2161, an MDU Gas Franchise Agreement granting Montana-Dakota Utilities the right to construct, maintain and operate within city streets, alleys and public grounds. The following liquor license renewals will also be up for a vote: Las Delicias, LLC; Cafe Coda, LLC; American Legion Post 7; Cloud Peak Hospitality; Table Mountain Vineyards; Greenland Hospitalities/Trails End; Spencer D Willey and Stephanie Willey; WJK, LLC/No Name Bar; Warehouse Market Inc./Killy's Smokehouse Deli. #dally #news