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City takes over ownership of Linden Hill

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan is hoping to avoid a few bumps and bruises on Linden Hill this winter by moving a fence at the bottom of the popular sledding spot.

“We had some concerns and issues because of the fence that was put up,” city Parks Division Manager Chuck Carbert said during Monday’s regular Sheridan City Council meeting.

Carbert added that the fence was put up by the Child Development Center to meet their insurance requirements.

The hill had what Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey referred to as a “mixed bag” of ownership, dating back to when a portion of the property included a school. Portions of the land were owned by Sheridan County School District 2, the city and the CDC.

Kinskey said having the hill under complete ownership of the city would allow for improvements to the area in better economic times.

In exchange for the property, the city has agreed to pave the CDC’s parking lot, which is expected to cost approximately $37,899. In addition, the city will pay the CDC $15,000 for the property.

Once the property ownership is turned over to the city, Carbert said the fence at the bottom of the hill will be moved approximately 90 feet back, allowing for more stopping room for sledders. The work is expected to be completed before the first snow fall.

The fence will be moved by the Veterans Affairs Work Development Program crew, which also made improvements last year to the stairway that makes it way up the hill.

In other business the Sheridan City Council:

• approved on third and final reading Ordinance 2137, amending city codes regarding signs and billboards.

• tabled Ordinance 2138, rezoning 705 and 717 Illinois Street from R-2 Residential to B-1 Business. The ordinance was tabled after the Council approved a development agreement between neighbors and First Federal Savings Bank to be included with the ordinance when it is considered at the next meeting. Kinskey said due to a petition being submitted to the Council with the requisite number of signatures, the ordinance needed to pass with at least six votes. Only five members of the Council were present Monday.

• tabled Ordinance 2136, Cloud Peak Ranch 16 rezone from R-1 Residential to R-3 Residential.

• awarded a bid of $1,450,202.56 to Earth Work Solutions for the city landfill cell nine, phase two project.

• approved Fire Civil Service rules.

• approved Resolution 31-13, approving a proposition in continuation of the 1 percent Capital Facilities Sales Tax.

• approved Sheridan County School District 2 Recreation District contract extensions.

• approved Resolution 33-13, a resolution in support of the Sheridan College bond issue.

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Kristen Czaban

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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