SHERIDAN — Sheridan City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance that would amend regulations related to the installation of wireless communications equipment in Sheridan.

Council passed Ordinance 2184 in April in an effort to establish a clear path for wireless communications companies interested in installing new structures in the city while putting regulations in place that would protect the city’s aesthetics and viewsheds.

In September, however, the Federal Communications Commission adopted federal regulations on wireless communications facilities, which rendered several sections of Ordinance 2184 noncompliant with federal law.

The ordinance council considered Monday would amend sections of Ordinance 2184 to bring them into compliance with the new federal standards. The amendments largely pertain to time frames for reviewing and approving projects that involve the installation of wireless communications structures; a red-lined document detailing all of the changes the new ordinance would make is available through Monday’s meeting agenda packet on the city’s website.

Council is expected to consider the new ordinance on second reading at its next regular meeting.


Other business:  

City Treasurer Karen Burtis updated council on the city’s sales and use tax collections. As in the past several months, sales and use tax collections continued to grow in city’s March sales and use tax report, which details collections made in January. Burtis said the city has seen overall sales and use tax revenue grow by 4.8 percent on the year, which is nearly twice the growth the city projected when it compiled its budget for the current fiscal year. If that trend continues through the rest of the year, Burtis said, the city will collect approximately $192,000 in additional revenue. Council approved a lease-option acquisition of a new landfill compactor, which Roberts said will offer the city a significantly more efficient compaction rate. Roberts said a selection committee overwhelmingly recommended the city purchase a TANA E380 compactor after reviewing several of the options on the market; the total cost of the compactor is $825,464. The city plans to use a seven-year lease agreement with Bank of the West, which will carry a 3.69 percent interest rate, to pay for the compactor, an agreement city staff plans to present to council for approval at its next regular meeting.

Roberts estimated that the additional space the TANA E380 will create in the city landfill during the seven-year lease through its improved compaction rate could be worth more than $3 million.  Council approved a resolution that grants the Sheridan Community Land Trust a license agreement to operate and maintain trail systems on sections of city property. The license agreement will allow the SCLT to move forward with a two-phase project to extend the Soldier Ridge Trail System. During a council study session last week, SCLT Executive Director Brad Bauer said his group would aim to begin construction on the project this summer if council approved the license agreement. Council passed a resolution establishing May 4 as “Trees for Trash” and “Community Clean-up” Day, and designates May 11 and Oct. 26 “Free Landfill Days.”