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CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Leisure Services Department presented plans at the city’s budget session Tuesday to improve and replace a number of aging facilities, including the Casper Municipal Golf Course maintenance building.

The building was built as a clubhouse in 1953 and has undergone several repairs that haven’t stopped the roof from leaking. It also loses power and phone service during storms, according to the city’s five-year capital improvement plan.

Director Doug Follick said a new $1.5 million maintenance facility, funded with excess optional 1-cent sales tax money, is planned at the municipal course.

“That’s going to be a new maintenance facility, moving the current facility and building restroom facilities where the current maintenance facility is,” he said after Tuesday’s meeting.

Department plans for fiscal year 2014 also include replacing the golf course’s irrigation system for 18 of 27 holes. The Casper City Council must formally approve the budget prior to the start of the fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30 the following year.

A Hogadon Ski Area master plan expected to detail extensive improvements will be presented to the city on July 9, but basic safety measures have been included in the budget request for this year.

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“One of the things that we want to look at doing is replacing the analog electrical system on the lift itself with a digital system,” Follick said.

The Yellow Chair Lift improvement should be complete by the start of the 2013 season. Follick said the new system would allow the lift operator to better diagnose problems or electrical shorts that could halt operation. The second chair lift will eventually be converted to a digital system as well.

The replacement of Mike Sedar Pool is already underway, and Follick said construction will continue into the coming year. Construction is budgeted at $1.59 million, with $1.14 million in optional 1-cent sales tax money. The Natrona County School District will share about $450,000 of the cost to compensate the city for closing the East Casper Community Pool at Kelly Walsh High School.

The 30-year-old seats in the Casper Events Center are also part of capital plans, with their replacement budgeted at $1.2 million for the coming year.

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