Council Approves Funds for Water, Sewer Lines

Ranchester's town council approved payment of $65,400 Tuesday night to the excavator that relocated water and sewer lines at the old Tongue River Elementary school building.

Action came during the council's regular meeting. Also approved Tuesday was transfer of a liquor license from 3 Bells Inc. to 3 Bells LLC for the Buckhorn Travel Plaza.

Council members voted to put up a 20-miles-per-hour speed sign on Fourth Avenue West, and to provide 10 gift certificates of $10 each to Ranchester/Dayton Rotary Club for that organization's senior Christmas dinner. The council also authorized a contract for services with Tongue River Elementary School for the school to conduct a cleanup in Ranchester. Payment for the cleanup will go toward purchase of an eagle statue for the school. The school asked the council for a donation to help pay for the statue, and the council opted for the contract instead. Ranchester Mayor Peter Clark said the cleanup would probably be done in the spring.

Dayton Mayor Norm Anderson and two Dayton employees attended the Ranchester meeting to present a gift to Ranchester Town Clerk Teri Laya, who's retiring this year. In his mayor's report to the council, Clark said a surplus garbage truck has been sold for $750, and the town's older water tank has been repainted. Clark said a new radar speed sign purchased by the town has been returned to the manufacturer for replacement of four lights, and tree-trimming is being done in Connor Park.