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Dayton Town Council passes Flood Plain Ordinance

DAYTON — Dayton Town Council passed its Flood Plain Ordinance on third and final reading Monday night. The vote was unanimous.

After concern about the ordinance was expressed at the Nov. 20 meeting, the council invited engineer Dave Randall to attend Monday’s meeting and answer any questions from residents. However, no residents expressed any concerns, Dayton Mayor Bob Wood said.

Randall did tell those who were present that passing the ordinance was required in order for Dayton to maintain eligibility in the National Flood Insurance program and receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Dayton’s flood ordinance is based on FEMA’s model regulations. The main change from the town’s old ordinance is a requirement that new development be built one foot or more above Base Flood  Elevation, which will likely need to be determined by an engineer, Wood said.

Council members were split on the first reading of Ordinance #385, which prohibits the discharge of weapons in town limits, Wood said. It passed 3-2. Council members Joey Sheeley and Dennis Wagner voted against it, members Bob Alley and Norm Anderson voted for it, and Wood had to cast a vote to break the tie. He voted for it.

“If we don’t have this ordinance and we have an arrow that gets away, the Sheriff has no jurisdiction to do anything about it,” Wood said.

Residents and council members who are against the ordinance have said it should not prohibit pellet guns, BB guns or bows and arrows.

Wood said if someone has enough room or a dedicated area to target practice with a bow and arrow, the town will not be searching for people to prosecute and they can continue to practice. However, the ordinance will allow action to be taken if an arrow gets out of control and causes damage to property or people.

In other business:

• Council members approved giving $2,000 to the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board for start-up costs. The joint powers board has been formed to try to bring natural gas to Dayton and Ranchester. It needs funds to pay liability fees, hire an attorney and other business. Ranchester Town Council and Sheridan County School District No. 2 have also been asked for $2,000 in start-up money.

• Council voted to allow houses that struggle with freezing pipes in winter weather to run a small amount of water to prevent freeze-ups, Wood said. If people need to do so, they need to call Dayton Town Hall and be placed on a list. Those who are approved will not be charged for the additional water use if it’s within reason, Wood said.

• The council approved the mid-year budget review. Town Clerk Linda Lofgren and Treasurer Vicki Cotton said revenues were at the expected amount. Expenditures were a little over due to tree trimming needed after the heavy snows in October and the need to stain Town Hall and the fire hall, which should be done yearly but wasn’t done last year, Wood said.

• The council held discussion about deer in town limits. Some residents feel something needs to be done to control the population, Wood said. A public hearing will likely be held to discuss the deer issue in January.

• Resident Yodi Miles asked the council to include a note in its newsletter asking residents to put larger address numbers on their houses so rescue units can better locate emergencies.

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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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