Clearmont residents discuss animal ordinance

CLEARMONT — Nearly one-sixth of the population of the town of Clearmont attended the Clearmont Town Council meeting Monday to discuss proposed changes to the town’s animal ordinance, which currently does not allow livestock, chickens, rabbits and similar animals within town limits.

Mayor Chris Schock said the ordinance is not very well followed or enforced, so Clearmont Town Council is considering rewriting its animal ordinance to allow chickens and rabbits in town limits, which is similar to the ordinances in Dayton, Ranchester and Sheridan.

Schock said approximately 20-25 residents spoke about the ordinance, some for and some against. He said those against allowing chickens in town were concerned about noise and smell.

Schock said he has obtained the animal ordinances from surrounding towns and added that the council will continue to work through the issue and will likely eventually rewrite the ordinance.

The meeting lasted three hours.

Schock also announced at the meeting that Clearmont will have another clean-up month in September to help residents clean up unwanted appliances and more from their properties. The town will post a list in the post office of which items will be picked up which days. The town will pick up and dispose items placed by residents on their curb. A list of clean-up days may also be mailed with water bills.

In other business, Schock said a community member came forward to request a rezone of land within town limits from residential to commercial with plans of establishing a motel or similar business. The process of rezoning will begin if a formal request is made. The process usually takes about 45 days to complete, Schock said.

Schock announced that Clearmont received a State Loan and Investment Board grant to complete a variety of projects around town including rotomill and paving of streets and improvements to the park bathrooms.

Schock also noted that the town purchased a new computer to replace its failing system, which was budgetted in this year’s budget.

The council went into executive, or closed, session to discuss personnel matters but took no votes upon reconvening into regular session.

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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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