Leaders Approve Historic Highway Annex

An ordinance annexing a portion of historic U.S. Highway 14 passed second reading before Ranchester's Town Council at the meeting Tuesday evening.

A third reading is needed before the annexation goes through. Ranchester Mayor Allan Moore said the area to be annexed is the approach to the new Tongue River Elementary School on the town's west side.

Also approved by the council was a project to chip-seal about two miles of streets this summer. Consideration of projects to fence in the town's water tanks, and to meter treated water at the town plant, was deferred for a later meeting. The mayor said a quorum was present, but the full council wasn't in attendance at this week's meeting.

The council awarded Dale Buckingham Engineering of Sheridan the contract for the Main Street Mercantile project, part of Ranchester's Downtown Development Plan. The town earlier this year received a Community Readiness Grant of nearly $980,000 for the structure across from the fire hall. The finished building will have three retail spaces for businesses.

In other action, the council held a hearing on Bernard Food Group LLC's application for a permit to serve wine and beer at the corporation's East Side Restaurant. The mayor said no one opposed the application. The mayor also was authorized to send a letter to Terry Elliott of Nebraska, outlining the procedure for a special use permit so that a building Elliott owns in Ranchester can be used by a tenant who wants to work on cars.

Council members learned the town will get a free ad in this year's Shrine Bowl program. The mayor said the free ad is in compensation for an ad the town paid for last year that was omitted from the program.

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