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City Council approves $5 million land purchase

The Council Chambers at City Hall where the Primary Election Forums are held.

The Council Chambers at City Hall. (County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. – The Gillette City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing a $5 million land purchase near the Energy Capital Sports Complex and the Gillette Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

The resolution, which received unanimous approval from the council during their regular meeting on Dec. 20, authorizes the purchase of approximately 315 acres of property east of Gillette. 

Around 298 acres is located east of the Energy Capital Sports Complex and west of South Garner Lake Road which, according to the purchase agreement, will be used primarily for future economic development. It will cost the city around $4.95 million. 

The remaining acreage will cost the city $46,500 and is located north of the wastewater treatment plant, where it will serve as the construction site for a new lift station, per the agreement. 

City Attorney Sean Brown told the council on Tuesday that portions of the purchase contract are still being ironed out but the closing process should be completed before the end of the year.