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Flood plain management passes 2-1 in Dayton

DAYTON — Dayton Town Council passed on second reading by a vote of 2-1 an ordinance regarding flood plain management in the town of Dayton at its meeting Wednesday.

Councilwoman Joey Sheeley voted against the ordinance. Councilman Bob Alley was absent. Mayor Bob Wood only casts a vote when there is a tie.

One community member attended the meeting to express her objection to the ordinance but did not give any reasons, Wood said. She gave the council members some literature to read about flood plain management and asked the council to read it and consider not passing the ordinance.

Passing the ordinance is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to maintain eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program. Dayton’s ordinance consists of the minimum rules and regulations included in a model ordinance from FEMA. It requires that new developments and additions be built at Base Flood Elevation or above.

Following discussion by councilors and the public, the council tabled Ordinance #385, which would prohibit the discharge of weapons in town limits. Wood said he wanted Alley to be present for the discussion and vote on the matter, so that is why it was tabled.

Wood said approximately five town residents were present at the meeting to voice concern about the new ordinance. He said they weren’t against the whole ordinance but disagreed with portions stating that pellet guns, BB guns and bows and arrows would could not be fired in town. Residents felt excluding those weapons was too restrictive.

The proposal for an ordinance regarding discharging weapons in town came after a deer was killed in Dayton, Wood said. In his investigation, the Sheriff looked for a code regarding discharging weapons in town and didn’t find one. Wood said he and other councilors thought there was an ordinance, so when it was discovered there wasn’t, they decided to propose one.

The ordinance is based on a generic ordinance found in a majority of cities and towns, Wood said.

Wood said the ordinance will be discussed and passed in three readings and that the council will look at addressing resident concerns.

 

 

 

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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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