SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 business manager Jeremy Smith asked Ranchester Town Council to hold off on the third and final reading of an annexation agreement that would allow the district’s bus barn to receive natural gas when it becomes available in Ranchester.
The annexation agreement passed on second reading, but Smith mentioned additional benefits to the school district if the final passing of the annexation was delayed for a while.
SCSD1 will pave Kukuchka Lane in exchange for the town of Ranchester allowing the district not to hook the bus barn up to the town’s sewer line.
Smith said hooking the building up to sewer would cost the district anywhere between $140,000 and $300,000, while paving the road would be significantly less.
The timeline of providing natural gas to rural residents of Ranchester remains fluid, so holding off on the third reading would allow more time for the town to clarify the language and process.
In addition to providing more time for the town to create clear language and solid practices for the incoming natural gas project, Smith said paving a road isn’t ideal in February.
“The paving isn’t as big of an issue, but I don’t want to do it in February if I can avoid it just in terms of quality of product and temperature controls,” Smith said.
Ranchester Town Council passed the annexation agreement on second reading with the understanding that discussions will continue on the matter.