The Sheridan City Council approved an ordinance on 3rd and final reading that lowers the fee for a restaurant liquor license from $1,500 a year to $500. Not all of the Council was in agreement of the ordinance, as Councilor Steve Brantz voted against it. Brantz feels that the Council's decision to lower the fees sets a bad example for the community.
Brantz said that he feels that alcohol is starting to become a necessity at nearly every local public event, citing the 3rd Thursday Street Festivals in downtown Sheridan as an example.
The Council also approved the conceptual plan and final plat for the 38.5 acre High-Tech Business Park in north Sheridan. Mayor Dave Kinskey says that the approval of the plan is just another piece in the puzzle of diversifying the economy in Sheridan.
The State Lands and Investment Board recently approved a $2.5 million grant to provide infrastructure to the area. The High-Tech Business Park is part of the Wrench Ranch annexation and subsequent land swap between the City of Sheridan and Rice and Son's Inc.