County OKs permit for equine clinic near Big Horn

SHERIDAN — County Commissioners voted to approve a conditional use permit for a new equine veterinary clinic to be located on state Highway 335 near Big Horn at their meeting Tuesday.

Following the recommendation from the County Planning and Zoning Commission, commissioners approved only phase one of the proposed three-phase project. The CUP request was made by Galen and Andrea Voss, who own the property.

The equine clinic will be operated by Dr. Andy Walker, who has operated a mobile equine clinic for 18 years.

In the proposed first phase, Walker will utilize existing sheds and structures for his business and will live in the residence on the property. This will involve converting a 3,500-square-foot equipment shed and attached loafing shed into diagnostic and treatment areas with the addition of horse stocks and rubber matting.

The first phase will also include placement of an ADA accessible portable bathroom outside the structure.

Walker said if he was able to purchase the property or enter a long-term lease, he would like to add a few barns and arenas, including a covered round pen where Walker could observe horses in their natural gait in a consistent and repeatable environment, in order to expand clinic services.

Phase three would include the addition of a covered 150-by-250 foot riding arena for use as a riding academy for able-bodied adults and a therapeutic riding program for adults and children with musculoskeletal disabilities, such as CHAPS or REINS.

Walker will be required to apply for conditional use permits for phases two and three of development when he is ready to expand several years down the road.

A few nearby residents have expressed concerns about increases in traffic and noise, and possible contamination of nearby Little Goose Creek.

In other business:

• Commissioners approved a large acreage grant of exemption for John and Kathy Cattles to create and build a residence on one 40.4-acre parcel near a bend in Clear Creek southwest of Clearmont. Normally parcels are required to be 80 acres in areas zoned agricultural.

• Airport Manager John Stopka requested that the commissioners award a bid to Grimm’s Pump and Industrial Supply out of Rapid City, South Dakota, for $251,639 for building a self-fueling station at Sheridan County Airport. The bid was approved.

• Commissioners approved entering a contract with TSP Inc. to provide design, bidding and construction administration services for replacement and repair of windows and doors and re-roofing on the Juvenile Justice building, which is the county’s historic jail. The project will be paid for with 2014 Countywide Consensus funds. The estimated cost of the project is $13,150.

• Ron Mischke was re-appointed to serve on the Sheridan Memorial Hospital board of trustees for a term to end in June 2019.

• Bruce Burns was granted a permit for supervised display of fireworks at the Big Horn Equestrian Center on July 4, 2014.

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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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