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Ranchester approves 16-acre annexation, water rate increases

RANCHESTER — The town of Ranchester is on its way to becoming approximately 16 acres larger.

Members of Ranchester Town Council unanimously approved a petition to annex land belonging to Barney Bros. Land and Livestock into town limits at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

The annexation — Ordinance #253 — was approved on first reading. It will require two more readings for final approval.

“They petitioned the town of Ranchester to annex property adjacent to the town’s southeast corner and the council approved the petition and we’ve since drafted the ordinance to approve this annexation,” town Clerk Teri Laya said.

The land is adjacent to the Stonebrook Meadows subdivision, which is within city limits. There were no concerns expressed about the annexation at the public hearing in April.

Council members also approved amending Ordinance 254, regarding a rate increase for excessive water use, on first reading.
“In the summertime, we have some users who use an excessive amount of water, so as a deterrent a little bit, we just increased the rates on the higher usages,” Laya said.

Residential, commercial, multiple residence and senior citizen water rates were increased for usage of more than 60,100 gallons per month. The town’s water rate ordinance was amended to include categories for usage rates of 60,100 to 75,000 gallons and more than 75,000 gallons. Usage of 60,100 to 75,000 gallons per month will cost 25 cents per 100 gallons. Usage rates for more than 75,000 gallons are 50 cents per 100 gallons.

In other business:
• Town Council approved purchasing a new excavator from Sheridan County Implement for $52,647. The town’s current excavator is in disrepair and parts are hard to find. The old, larger excavator will be traded in for a smaller excavator that’s more conducive to the town’s needs.

• The Council tabled a request from Cool Enterprises to expand its dispensing room until further information was provided. Cool Enterprises received Ranchester’s third liquor license in April, Laya said.

• Town Engineer Chris Johnson updated the Council on the chip seal project on the north side of Ranchester. It is proposed to be done the week after Memorial Day, weather permitting. Streets to be chip sealed include: Railway, Carl, Betty, H, Gillette, Weare, Coffeen, Campbell and West Halbert Streets, Big Horn Drive, and First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenue West.

• Johnson wanted to award a bid for the Safe Routes to School project, but the Council tabled the request since Councilman Chris Bernard, who had placed a bid for the project, had to abstain from the vote and there was not a quorum remaining for the vote.

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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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