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January 14, 2014

County officials table plat approval

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners tabled a request for the platting approval of an up and coming new housing addition until the covenants and restrictions regulating the number and kind of animals that will be allowed on the small acreages are more detailed.

The request by Mark Messenger, owner and developer of Riata Ranch, was tabled when it was unclear to the commissioners whether it was Messenger's desire to allow cattle and pigs and why the list of restrictions did not mention that.

According to District 3 Commissioners Vernie Matt, the omission of a restriction or any mention in the covenants regarding cattle and pigs and only the mention of horses made it unclear whether they were allowed in the development or not.

Matt moved to table the final approval of the platting for Riata Ranch until those covenants and restrictions were more detailed and outlined those rules as well as some other rules related to LP gas tank placement. Commissioners also wanted more detail in covenants regarding dog ownership, kennels and a leash law.

In other business, commissioners approved plans to place old equipment belonging to the county in the Statewide Auction in Elk City slated for March. The equipment includes a John Deere Batwing mower, John Deere 4440, a 2001 Ford one ton crew cab pickup, a 2009 Dodge Pickup, 1997 Mack water hauler, a 1974 John Deere 4430 tractor, a 760A scraper, a 1998 gopher machine and a seven foot box blade.

In other business, a utility permit request was approved that will allow DCP to cross a county road.

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