Still plenty of details to be worked out, but a new rec center for Douglas took another step forward last night.
The Douglas Rec Commission, Douglas City Council and Converse County Commissioners held a joint meeting at Douglas High School to hear recommendations from their rec center committee.
The three groups voted to proceed with plans for a 70 thousand square foot facility that would be built on 25 acres of land donated by Wagonhound Land & Livestock west of I-25 off Esterbrook Road. Wagonhound's proposal included donation of street and utility infrastructure that would save 1.5 to 2.5 million dollars over the two other proposed sites.
The proposed rec center would include an aquatic area,
gyms, walking & jogging track, weights, aerobic & dance rooms,
multi-purpose area, birthday party and meeting rooms, multi sport simulator, bouldering wall and racquetball courts.
The proposed facility would not include a competitive pool, an ice rink, or combined facilities with the Douglas Boys and
The new rec center would be owned and operated by a newly formed rec board that would be seperate from the Douglas school board, which currently serves that capacity. The new board would have nine members, 3 each appointed by the
county, the city and the school board.
The proposal would commit 80 percent of the current rec mill levy to operate the center.
Define the need... that's a first step in dealing with childcare in Converse County. CANDO Executive Director Cindy Porter says the group has commissioned an open survey to determine what, when and where the real daycare needs are in Converse County...
CANDO has hired Community Builders, Incorporated to perform the needs assessment. Porter says there's a variety of questions on the survey...
Porter says CANDO and CBI will work to determine exactly what the results are...
If you'd like to participate in the survey, it's available online at
CANDOWyoming.com, or at the CANDO office in the old City Hall building at 130 South 3rd Steet in Douglas.
Authorities say a 26-year-old Gillette man died when he was struck by a welding truck at a Converse County rig site.
The Converse County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Nathan James Scott.
The sheriff's office says the accident was reported at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Cyclone Rig 33, located at Mary’s Draw in Converse County.
The office says fellow employees on site attempted CPR, but were unable to revive Scott.
The incident is under investigation by the Converse County Sheriff's Department.
Pipeline crews and associated services will be returning to Douglas this spring. ONEOK Bakken Pipeline told the Converse County Commissioners yesterday that they're going to build two natural gas liquid pipeline projects in the county this year.
The Douglas Lateral is a 10" pipeline that will run north from new Access Midstream Bucking Horse gas plant on Cold Springs Road, crossing the North Platte River just west of Ft Fetterman and Orpha, then north west to Hiway 59 at
Highland Loop, about 20 miles north of Douglas... that's a distance of about 29 miles.
The second pipeline is called the Niobrara Lateral, a 12" inch pipeline that starts at the end of the Douglas Lateral at Highland Loop and runs southeast across Converse and Niobrara Counties, meeting ONEOK's main Bakken pipeline just west of the Nebraska state line. The Niobrara Lateral runs a distance of about 53 miles.
Weather permitting, construction is expected to start in early May, and be completed by September.
ONEOK has proposed pipeyards on Highway 93 south of Inez Road, and at Orin Junction.