DAYTON — With the Tongue River, big cottonwood trees, a wetland and plenty of open space, Dayton’s Scott Park makes an ideal habitat for birds.
After earning the Dayton Town Council’s blessing Tuesday evening, the Audubon Society will designate Scott Park an Important Bird Area, signifying its significance to the many avian that call the area home.
“It’s really a no-brainer,” Bighorn Audubon Society Secretary Marcyes Schmaus told the Council. “I know you’re probably going to be skeptical, but it is something for nothing. You already have the Important Bird Area, and we’re just asking for your permission to designate it so and put up a couple of little signs that Audubon will purchase.”
Land must be nominated and meet several criteria before earning IBA status. A site must contain threatened species of birds, species of special concern, high conservation priority species and unique habitat. IBAs, however, do not restrict development.
Scott Park will join the Ucross Ranch, Padlock Ranch and several other IBAs in Sheridan County. Wyoming has more than 45 IBAs encompassing more than 9 million acres of public and private lands. Nationwide, Audubon has identified more than 2,700 IBAs covering almost 400 million acres of public and private land.
In other business:
• The town will extend water lines to Lot 3 of the H Bar C Subdivision via Bridge Street. The project will cost $28,500 for engineering, construction and materials, taken out of the capital facilities tax fund. The work requires oversight by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.
• The Council delayed the third and final reading of the dog ordinance in order to amend the language. Mayor Norm Anderson said the revisions came as a result of opinions from residents. The ordinance addresses nuisance, vicious and noisy animals.
• Councilors made several appointments to boards. Anderson and Councilor Craig Reichert will serve as the voting delegate and alternate, respectively, at the Wyoming Association of Municipalities Winter Workshop in February.
Councilor Eric Lofgren got the nod for the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board. He will serve a two-year term.
• Beginning Jan. 1, Dayton will begin Town Council meetings at 7 p.m. rather than the current 7:30 p.m.
• The Council renewed an agreement with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson said the town pays $4,500 per quarter for eight hours of coverage each day.