At the December 10th, Gillette City Council Workshop, City Administrator Carter Napier gave the council an update on the Boys and Girls Club memorandum of understanding. The MOU between the city and the Boys and Girls Club of Campbell County and the Campbell County School District outlines the terms of understanding between the parties with respect to the club taking over the old Lakeview school site.
“Originally it was anticipated that the only role the City would have to take on is that of the facilitating of the Wyoming Business Council funds, if the effort is awarded, in order to make those funds available for the upgrades needed at the school to appropriately accommodate the Boys and Girls Club as the new tenants.”---Napier
Napier said in that scenario it would be necessary for the City of Gillette to be the property owner of the site. Also part of that previous scenario, if no grant was awarded by the business council, the city would no longer be involved in the process and the Boys and Girls Club would be the property owner.
“Its recently come to our attention, and I mean within the last week – week and a half, potentially, that the school cannot be given directly to the Boys and Girls Club if the Wyoming Business Council funds do not come into play. So we will have to be the property owner, at least for a limited time. Even if the Business Council Funds do not come to pass for them.”---Napier
Napier was clear to the council that they are still very optimistic that the Boys and Girls Club would receive the grant, but he wanted the council to have an update on the process in case their original expectations for responsibility in the issue change.
“The council seemed to indicate that the partnership was still very viable, despite that perception of increased exposure and wanted to still be at the table. They directed us to keep working with this and see if we can’t get those Business Council Funds into our community.”---Napier