If approved by the council later this year, special projects could cost the City over $7.7 million in fiscal year 2020.
City Communications Manager Geno Palazzari said that the numbers budgeted April 23, during the Gillette City Council’s first budget meeting this year, are tentative and can be changed based on which direction the council wishes to proceed.
The Energy Capital Sports Complex could be the largest standalone, special project with the City budgeting $3.5 million in “place holder” funds while the council determines the best way to develop the fields, according to City Administrator Patrick Davidson.
The City has also budgeted $3.7 million for remodeling City West and the third floor Conference Room at City Hall, where the council holds its pre-meetings, which take place before the regular meetings twice a month. Remodeling the conference room should make the space more open and inviting to members of the public, which should encourage more public attendance, according to City Administrator Patrick Davidson.
City West could cost the city $2.7 million, while the third floor conference room could cost $1.1 million.
The city may also allocate $500,000 to remodel the entry way into the City of Gillette Animal Shelter