Ramaco Rezone Request Approved

Ramaco CEO Randall Atkins addresses commissioners. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Ramaco CEO Randall Atkins addresses commissioners. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Area residents cited concerns over loss of agricultural lands, property values and potential threats to wildlife and the water quality of nearby Tongue River Tuesday as they urged Sheridan County commissioners to reject a rezone requested by Ramaco.

But others asked commissioners to approve the request, saying zoning the property would lead to an increased tax base and an infusion of jobs into the local economy.

In the end, following a public hearing that lasted nearly three hours, commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of rezoning a little more than 114 acres fronting on Kleenburn Road from agricultural to I-2 light industrial.

Commissioner Terry Cram said when he first heard about the rezone, he prayed that Ramaco's request would be for a conditional use permit.

Cram later voted against the rezone, as did Commission Chairman Mike Nickel. Commissioners Bob Rolston, Tom Ringley and Steve Maier voted in favor of the rezone request.

Among those who urged support of the proposal were Dixie Johnson, CEO of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Mayor Norm Anderson and Jeremy Smith, who's business manager for Sheridan County School District 1.

The public hearing opened at 9:15 a.m., and more than 30 people spoke both for and against the proposed rezone. Speakers were limited to two minutes, but at one point, Nickel called for a 10-minute break in the proceedings. Commissioners voted on a motion made by Rolston to approve the rezone a little after noon.

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A slide of Carneyville, which once occupied the site of Ramaco's land. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A slide of Carneyville, which once occupied the site of Ramaco's land. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dayton Mayor Norm Anderson, who spoke in support of Ramaco. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dayton Mayor Norm Anderson, who spoke in support of Ramaco. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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