Ranchester Proceeds With Annexation

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Ranchester's water tower. The town council has authorized work to begin to annex the water tower and sewer lagoon sites as soon as possible. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Ranchester's water tower. The town council has authorized work to begin to annex the water tower and sewer lagoon sites as soon as possible. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Ranchester officials this week authorized town engineer Chris Johnson to pursue annexation of the town water tank and sewer lagoon sites. Action came during Tuesday's (Oct. 1) council meeting.

In other action, the council voted to send a letter to Sheridan dioramist Tom Warnke accepting donation of his Cheyenne Hunting Camp diorama for Ranchester's Information Center. Also approved was use of the Town Hall for Christmas Crafter's Day. The event will be Dec. 7 from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, and will include a free chili supper.

Mayor Allan Moore said the water tank and sewer lagoon sites, both off the Parkman Highway west of Ranchester, were purchased by the town from a private owner years ago. Moore doesn't know how long the town has used the two sites, but the sewer lagoons have been in the town's possession since the 1980s.

Moore said he doesn't know how long the annexation process will take. The land has to be surveyed, and that information must be filed at the county courthouse in Sheridan before an annexation ordinance can be prepared.

The ordinance then will go before the council for three readings. Moore said it could be mid-December before the ordinances are ready for consideration.

The Cheyenne Hunting Camp diorama was the first that Warnke built, created in 1983. It was moved last month to the information center, across the street from Ranchester's Town Hall.

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