The Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board is seeking a grant from the state to help finance a natural gas line that will serve residents of Dayton and Ranchester. The application is for $2.5 million and would be from the State Loan and Investment Board. Dayton's town council reviewed the application during its meeting this week.
Dayton Mayor Bob Wood said the joint powers board will also seek a loan of $3.5 million at a later date to help finance the project. Funds would be used to build a natural gas line to the communities. Wood said Dayton and Ranchester hope to work out a deal with Montana Dakota Utilities to furnish the gas. He added that several ranchers in the area have also expressed interest in being served. Dayton and Ranchester currently have no natural gas and are served by propane.
Also this week, the town council renewed liquor licenses for the year for Mountain Inn Bar, Crazy Woman Saloon, Branding Iron Cafe, and the Corner Grocery. The Corner Grocery sells packaged liquor. The Council approved a request of the Corner Grocery to stay open until midnight during Dayton Days, and a request of the other establishments to be open for 24 hours during Dayton Days – on July 26 – New Year's Eve, Halloween, and on the Fourth of July. Mountain Inn Bar and Wyoming Wings, for Dayton Days this summer.
The council approved a resolution supporting Governor Matt Mead's proposal for a statewide broadband. The mayor administered the oath of office to the town's newest junior councilor, Samuel Martin.