Ranchester Gives Initial OK to Annexation

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Ranchester's town council has taken the first step in annexing a subdivision that will be home to the new Tongue River Elementary School.

The council recently gave first-reading approval to annexation of Lot 2 of Spirit Ridge, a subdivision on the west side of town near Tongue River Middle School.

Mayor Allan Moore said two more readings are needed before the annexation can happen. But, he doesn't expect any problems at this point.

He said people at a public hearing before the council last week were “pretty much in favor” of the annexation. The action has also been recommended by the town's planning council. If all goes as planned, the annexation ordinance will be read at the council's next two meetings, on Jan. 7 and Jan. 21.