Ranchester waits to pass animal ordinance, conditions for use permit

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RANCHESTER — Ranchester Mayor Peter Clark continues to work through the animal ordinance with the town’s attorney to ensure proper language in the final draft.

The ordinance presented to council during the Oct. 3 meeting establishes fines for at-large animals and required rabies vaccinations. Certain animals — fox, coyote, raccoon, skunk, pit bull, wolf or wolf-breed dog — are not permitted to reside within the town of Ranchester.

The ordinance also restricts livestock to be housed at least 50 feet from a residence within town limits. Domestic foul is permitted within town limits with a $25 permit only, with a limit of six per residence.

The newly established animal control officer position will help with maintaining compliance of the ordinance in Ranchester.

Jill LaToush, who council appointed to the position on Oct. 3, has the ability to issue citations for violations of the ordinance. Any violations result in misdemeanor charges and up to $750 in fines upon conviction.

The current ordinance is available on Ranchester’s website, ranchesterwyoming.com, under the Title 9 municipal code in the government tab.

Council also continued to discuss a conditional use permit on Highway 345 and Coffeen Street on Tuesday. Owners of the land, a former storage property for fuel, plan to add a mobile home to the property and potentially rent out the space. Council approved the conditional use permit, but did not confirm the suggested conditions of the permit.

Town engineer Chris Johnson read through the nine proposed conditions. The conditions require the permit holders to only put one mobile home, 1994 and newer models only with finished and complete skirting, and one detached accessory building on the property. The buildings must be set back 15 feet from Coffeen Street, 20 feet from Highway 345 and 10 feet from other property lines.

“That’s set back farther from most of our residential neighborhoods where it’s 5 (feet),” Johnson said.

A neighbor of the land, Judy Champlin, said one of the main concerns was setbacks.

Conditions also include limited access to the shared gravel road with the neighboring property for permit holders, residents and visitors of the property in question. The area may not be used as a storage area and potential tenants of the property should be made aware that it was once used as a fuel storage property.

“It’s a shared road and I think if the mobile home were rented out, which we don’t have much of a say in, we don’t want them trespassing getting in and out,” Johnson said.

He encouraged access to the area come from Coffeen Street as to not disturb the neighbors.

Clark encouraged the neighboring property owners to put their concerns into writing and submit them to the town for continued review before he and council members approved the conditions of the permit.

By |November 8th, 2017|

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Ashleigh Fox joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as the government, cops and courts reporter. She is a native of Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles, CA. Before working in Sheridan, she worked as a sports editor for the Sidney Herald in Sidney, MT. Email Ashleigh at: ashleigh.fox@thesheridanpress.com

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