Outside businesses within the Powder River Basin Shopping Center, the iconic potholes await their oncoming restorations.
The Powder Basin Shopping Center parking lot is about to get some improvements, one way or another.
As of Wednesday morning, the city hasn’t heard from TKG Management, the Missouri-based company that owns the center and is responsible for the lot, according to City of Gillette Senior Planner Clark Sanders.
Sanders said if the city doesn’t hear from TKG by Friday, Sept. 11, a final notice and order will be posted. The company will then have 10 days from that posting to appeal the order. If they fail to appeal, the city will bid out the work and the company will be responsible for all costs associated with the lot repair.
The city has the right to place a lien on the property if necessary, Sanders added.
The city passed an ordinance last November which increased the fines for property owners with lots that had significant pothole issues from $100 to $750 per offense, and each day that the problem remains unaddressed can be considered a separate offense.
Emily Dillon, manager of The Main Bagel, a popular eatery in the shopping center off Highway 59 and Lakeway Road, said the news that lot improvements are coming is very welcome.
“I like to say that our food is so good that people come here anyway,” Dillon said by phone Wednesday. “But the lot is bad, and there are no painted lines anymore, so people park wherever they want, however they want.”
Dillon said the parking lot isn’t the only problem with the shopping center. She has made multiple calls to request air conditioning work on the building over the past several weeks to no avail. It’s hard to wear a mask and cook with no air conditioning, she said.
TKG did not respond to a request for comment prior to press time.