Ranchester OKs natural gas service board

RANCHESTER — Ranchester Town Council passed a resolution to accept an agreement to form a joint powers board that will oversee the process of bringing natural gas service to the Tongue River Valley at its meeting Tuesday. Council members Peter Clark and Randy Sundquist were appointed to the joint powers board.

The joint powers board will be comprised of representatives from Dayton, Ranchester and Sheridan County School District 1.

Council members suggested a few changes to the agreement that will need to be approved before the board can begin meeting, Town Clerk Teri Laya said.

Efforts to bring a natural gas line to the area have been on again and off again over the last few years due to cost and figuring out who is responsible for the pipeline once it’s done, Laya said.

“There are lots of things that need to be worked out, and that’s the reason for the joint powers board this time around,” Laya said.

In other business:

• The council adopted ordinance 255 on first reading, which stated that Ranchester will adopt new rules and regulations regarding flood plain management, as well as new Flood Insurance Rate Maps, in order to maintain eligibility in the National Flood Insurance program.

• The council agreed to begin requesting that people who want to use town property for an event fill out a permit at Town Hall. The permit will state what the event is and where it will be held.

If alcohol will be served, there will be a $30 fee, Laya said.

• Council members approved a change order on the Safe Routes to School project that increased the grant amount approximately $5,000 to $111,462.30 since not all funds available were used.

• A draft ordinance addressing whether or not minors can dine with their parents in Ranchester bars will be considered at the council’s next meeting in November. Several bars in Ranchester offer food service, but there are no rules specifically stating whether underage children are allowed to dine in bars, Laya said.

• The council approved bills in the amount of $40,707.35.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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