Prior to their approval of amendments to quarry regulations at Tuesday morning's Sheridan County Commissioners meeting, which included one amendment to take public input into account when granting quarry permits, public input may have stopped another proposal.
The commissioners rejected a conditional use permit from Harry Washut in order to build nine cabins adding approximately two acres in the area where the current Chuckwagon gas station is at 3 Fish Hatcher Road, after several story residents and property owners voiced their opposition. Residents cited Washut's past in the Story area and had problems with the proposed septic system for the cabin project. Commissioner Tom Ringley praised the citizens for their input, saying it went into the commissioners' decision.
Ringley referred to Commissioner Maier's statement that Washut would have had trouble meeting DEQ standards for the septic system even if they had approved the permit.
Those among the opposition also had problems with increased snowmobile and 4-wheeler traffic the added visitors would bring to the Story area.
Washut, who will have the opportunity to reapply. Ringley added that even though Washut did not attend the meeting, it was a legislative session in which he was not required the right to defend himself.