At the June meeting of the Sheridan City Council, the topic of an ordinance violation came up in terms of the Legacy Pointe subdivision on Highway 270.
This marked the second time that Spud Properties, run by Cliff Crouse and Chad Graves, had run afoul of a city ordinance that mandates the minimum distance houses must be from the property line.
The ordinance, which was passed in 2004, dictated that dwellings must be built 10 feet from the property line to create a 20-foot cushion between buildings for safety reasons. A 20-foot gap between buildings is crucial if there is a fire in a structure because it could not only limit it to one building, but allow firefighters more access between the dwellings to contain the fire, city officials have said.
After the discovery of the error on the first few houses constructed at the subdivision, the City Council passed a variance in August 2018 to allow the houses to stay the same, with the expectation that future houses in the subdivision would follow the rules set forth in the ordinance.
Construction at the subdivision continued, but a citizen informed members of the city council that the houses being built now, following the August variance, were not in compliance with the ordinance, which was an issue raised at the June 2019 Sheridan City Council meeting.
Currently, the City of Sheridan does not have a code enforcement officer. Mayor Joe Wise said the city is waiting to get signed copies from the federal government, concerning a contract with the U.S. Marshals Service on how much the service will pay to house its prisoners in the Sheridan Detention Center, before the city can hire someone for that position.
“We have to have the right person in that position,” Wise said.
City Attorney Ed Koon has been looking into the matter and will present the city’s options on the matter to the council at a special meeting that could be set for this week.
Attempts by a reporter to meet with Crouse and Graves have been unsuccessful.