Ranchester approves liquor licenses renewals; application for grant

RANCHESTER — Ranchester Town Council approved three liquor license renewals at its meeting Tuesday. There were no comments or objections regarding the renewals, Town Clerk Teri Laya said.

Licenses for Ranchester Liquor, the Silver Spur Bar and Lounge and Buckhorn Liquor were renewed through March 6, 2015.

The council also voted to approve conversion of street lights around Rotary Pond to LED bulbs. Laya said five lights currently need work, but it was discovered it would cost the same amount to fix the lights as it would to convert to LED. Converting to LED bulbs will save the town an estimated $50 per month, Laya said.

In other business, the council reviewed and approved a grant application that will be submitted by the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board to the State Loan and Investment Board to obtain funds for construction of a natural gas pipeline in Dayton, Ranchester and areas in between.

The application requested $2.5 million in grant funds and a $3.5 million loan for a total estimated project cost of $6 million.

Bringing natural gas to the Tongue River Valley will provide a cheaper heating option than propane or electric.

In order for the grant to be considered by SLIB, the Wyoming Legislature must first pass a bill that will amend state statute to expressly allow municipalities, including joint powers boards, to receive SLIB funds for natural gas pipelines and broadband internet networks. House Bill 47 is being sponsored by Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, as a direct result of the natural gas board’s efforts to bring a pipeline to the Tongue River Valley. Laya said a discussion at the council meeting highlighted the need for area residents to contact members of the Sheridan County legislative delegation to express support for the bill. The council approved manual checks in the amount of $28,137.09 and payroll for $49,507.22.

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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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