Changes to horse regulations in Sweetwater Station Subdivision on agenda for Sept 3 Rock Springs City Council Meeting

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ROCK SPRINGS – Horses will be a topic for discussion as the Rock Springs City Council will hear a proposal which would change a city ordinance to allow two horses per lot on the second phase of the Sweetwater Station Subdivision.

At the Tues, Sept 3 meeting, a public hearing will take place to discuss changes to the subdivision regulations requested by Thomas Spicer and John “Ozzy” Hay. The proposal will make small adjustment to the sizes of the lots but will also allow two horses per lot.

When going through the planning and zoning process, the city received several letters complaining about the possible change.

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Fred Von Arhens said that he and several other residents who purchased homes in the first phase were under the impression that the second phase would be the same as the first phase. Arhens complaints came from the smaller lots sizes in the second phase which would add more density and disturbances.

He was one of a few letter writing residents who did not have a complaint dealing with the proposed changes to the regulations governing the keeping of horses

Rick Greene said the additional horses would bring unpleasant odors, insects and impact the quiet environment they enjoy.

Others writing similar letters included, Gary Elmore, Jay Schneiders, Carissa and Joseph Lye and Dan and Stephanie Madsen.

While the public hearing will only take place Tuesday night, the changes will have to go through three readings and a vote before becoming permanent

Other business

The council will take action on several malt beverage and liquor catering permits for several Christmas parties and events happening around town in the upcoming weeks and months. Two contracts will be up for vote Tuesday.

The council will vote to give R&D Sweeping and Asphalt the 2013 crack sealing Phase II contract for $34,574. They were the lowest of the two bids received.

The second contract voted on will be on the concrete replacement phase I project. DeBernardi Construction bid in at $265,800 making the company lowest bidder out of three for the project.