New subdivisons discussed at City Council meeting

By Sarah Pridgeon

This month’s regular meeting of the Sundance City Council, which took place on September 6, brought news of a large potential increase in local residential lots. As well as approving Council Member Sheryl Klocker’s proposed South Meadows Subdivision, the council was informed of Roger Croell’s plans to build more than 200 new lots in town.

The 230 proposed lots include 25 commercial, said Croell, who stressed that he was presenting a “very preliminary picture” of what he plans to do. During discussions regarding the city’s new zoning map, Croell’s property, located in the pasture between housing and the cemetery, was designated as Medium Residential, with one corner as Highway Business.

Croell also conveyed to the council that he feels the fee for tapping availability is set too high in comparison to other communities in the area, and that charging such high fees stifles progress on building projects with the potential to bring new income to the city in the form of property tax. Mayor Paul Brooks told Croell to investigate the fees in other communities and said that, should they indeed be considerably lower, the council will bear this information in mind when rates are revised next month.

Current city improvement projects, including the Sundance Kids’ Daycare Center and the Cole Water Storage Tank, were discussed (see related article), as well as the land trade between the city and Dick Proctor. In return for a plot next to his current property in town, Proctor has asked to trade a plot on the east edge of town, by the creek.

Proctor has requested a square-foot-for-square-foot trade, but the council intends to appraise the value of the land plots as, said Brooks, the lot owned by the city may be more valuable. Once the council has decided how much square footage is appropriate to exchange, the land trade will be advertised for four weeks and a public hearing will be held, as the public has the right to comment, said City Attorney Mark Hughes.

Two bids were considered for provision of gas over the winter, from Wesco Gas of Newcastle and Blakeman Propane Inc. of Gillette. The latter, lower bid was approved, for an approximate total of $21,000.

In departmental reports, Public Works Director Larry Schommer confirmed that Cell 1 of the lagoon is now online, with aerators in place. The council was also informed that daily snow removal will begin at 4 a.m. over the winter, with downtown to be cleared first.

A new member of the department, Doug Adam, was announced. It was a “tough choice,” said Schommer, as there were a lot of good applicants.

Fire Chief Blair Stugelmeyer requested street closures on October 15 for Fire Safety Awareness Demonstrations, as part of Fire Prevention Week. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, as well as demonstrations and showcasing new fire trucks, will include “hot dogs and other goodies.”

During his departmental report, Stugelmeyer requested that $500 from the fire department’s fundraising efforts be awarded to Wade Stagemeyer and Bud Engelhaupt to help them attend the world competition of the National Fire Challenge, in South Carolina. He also reported a slow month with only 12 calls and an increase in personnel from 16 to 21.

The next regular meeting of the Sundance City Council will take place on November 1 at 7 p.m.