Commissioners Initiate Vacation Process of Road in Ranchester

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Sheridan County commissioners have initiated the vacation process of a portion of the Five-Mile Road Extension at Ranchester to provide better alignment with Highway 14.

Action came during the regular commission meeting Tuesday at the courthouse in Sheridan. The road, which is officially County Road 120A, is on the west side of Ranchester between existing Sheridan County School District 1 facilities and the site of the new Tongue River Elementary School now under construction.

In approving the vacation, commissioners noted that the road will be quitclaimed to the town of Ranchester.

Also Tuesday, commissioners formally appointed three directors to the board of the Downer Neighborhood Improvement and Service District. Board members, and the terms they will serve, are Mike Johnston, five years; Kerry Hoffmann, four years; and Richard Garrison, three years.

Commissioners approved a lot variance that will allow residential use of a parcel of land along Highway 14 about a mile and a half northwest of Sheridan, and renewed the permit for the Dewey Quarry, which is off Beatty Gulch Road. The permit is for two years, to allow the applicant to haul away existing stockpiles of material and finish reclamation of the area.

Conditional use permits were approved to allow construction and operation of an electrical substation on Wrench Ranch property north of Sheridan, and construction and operation of an unmanned equipment shelter on Eby Street in Story.

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