Ranchester Seeks Better Ordinance Enforcement

Officials in Ranchester are looking for a way to improve enforcement of the town's ordinances.

Mayor Allan Moore said members of the town council discussed what they can and cannot do about the issue under the current system, during their meeting this week. At present, he said, the town relies on the Sheridan County sheriff's department for police protection.

But, the mayor said the sheriff's department can only enforce state statutes. He said letters are sent to those who violate the town's ordinances. The mayor said the council is exploring options with the sheriff's department for better law enforcement. He said Ranchester depends on the sheriff's office because costs of hiring, training and equipping a municipal police force are prohibitive.

In other action during this week's meeting, he said Ranchester councilmen reviewed a preliminary plat for the Stoneridge Subdivision. This is a 37-acre housing development on the town's west side, which is adjacent to the site for the proposed new Tongue River Elementary School.

He said the council also authorized signing a letter that endorses a grant application from the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board. The board is seeking funds from the State Loan and Investment Board to finance a pipeline to bring natural gas to the towns of Ranchester and Dayton.

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