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Dayton Town Council welcomes cabinetry shop

DAYTON — Main Street in Dayton should feature one more business if all goes as planned for a Ranchester resident who hopes to open a custom cabinetry shop.

Brad Wieser has an option to purchase a piece of land across from the Branding Iron Cafe that is zoned B-1 Business, but he wanted to make sure Council members approved of the business before he committed, Dayton Mayor Bob Wood said about the request made at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

“The council very much welcomed him,” Wood said. “We’re really pleased about it.”

Wieser has more than 20 years of experience in cabinet making. He had originally planned to build a shop next to his house in the Spirit Ridge subdivision west of Ranchester but was denied a conditional use permit by the Board of County Commissioners on March 4.

The permit was denied in spite of a recommendation for approval by the County Planning and Zoning Commission due to a few members of the Spirit Ridge Homeowner’s Association expressing concern about the shop.

Wood said Wieser plans to set the shop off the street and in line with neighboring houses so it will fit in with the overall feel of the neighborhood.

Members of Dayton Town Council also voted to approve an amendment to city ordinances regarding late fees for water, sewer and gas utilities.

An ordinance passed in 1969 established a $1.50 fee for late payments on utility bills. However, the town has never, to Wood’s knowledge, assessed the late fee. The issue came up in the town’s most recent audit, and the auditor said the fee either needed to be enforced or eliminated.

Council members voted to eliminate the fee. Town Clerk Linda Lofgren will amend the ordinance for each of the three utilities, and the council will vote to approve the amendments.

Instead of a late fee, Dayton shuts off water and sewer service after a series of notices and charges $50 to reconnect, Wood said.

In other business, Dayton Town Council:

• voted to give the Tongue River Valley Community Center an additional $2,250 to cover additional propane costs over the winter. Wood said the town annually partners with the center by paying $12,500 for propane. However, the total propane bill for the winter was nearly $17,000, so Director Erin Kilbride approached the council, as allowed in city ordinance, to request they contribute 50 percent of the remaining balance over $12,500.

“It’s pretty spendy for that propane,” Wood said.

Kilbride also updated the council on activities at the center. She said there were 30,953 total visits in 2013 at the Dayton center alone, with 381 memberships and 978 total members.

• approved Sonja Caywood to be the Hans Kleiber Cabin Manager for the summer. The town will pay Caywood for 10 hours per week, split into two days, and Caywood will donate a third day per week of her own time, Lofgren said.

• approved Chad Aksamit to be the Art Badgett Pool Manager for the summer.

• voted to approve a rotomill and overlay project to maintain South Fork Street. EnTech, Inc., will engineer and manage the project and will bid it soon so asphalt will be available. Asphalt availability becomes scarce after July 1 in Sheridan County, Wood said.

• designated Bob Alley as the voting delegate for the Wyoming Association of Municipalities summer convention in June. Wood will be the alternate delegate.

• set the first budget work study to discuss 2014-2015 budget projections for 7 p.m. April 21.

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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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