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2 J The Lovell Chronicle J January 5, 2012 Town, Pryor residents agree to temporary utility license proposal BY DAVID PECK Following a process that had both the council and residents scratching their heads, the Lovell Town Council and residents of the Pryor View Subdi- vision agreed Tuesday to a temporary utility license agreement that will al- low negotiations that had threatened to blow up a possible agreement con- tinue for several months, even after the installation of a pressure-reducing valve for the subdivision this week. The town this fall informed resi- dents of the subdivision that lies just east McKinley Avenue atop the bench that the new higher water pressure on the hill - 70 pounds per square inch -- made possible by the South Phase of the water and sewer infrastructure project would likely cause the older water main and ser- vice lines in the subdivision to spring leaks. Project engineer Frank Page recommended installation of a pres- sure-reducing valve since pressure will triple with the installation of a new water main coming east off of Nevada Avenue atop the hill to pro- vide better water service to homes on the Garfield hill and other residences in the area. Another option to residents was the installation of new water lines, but with the new main reaching the subdivision in about three months af- ter the announcement, the only via- ble option was the PRV. Residents pooled their money for the PRV, and plans were made to place a new vault containing the hookup and the PRV where the wa- ter main enters the subdivision. Resi- dents were informed that because the vault was to rest on town land, resi- dents would need to sign a utility li- cense agreement. That&apos;s when things got sticky. Some residents objected to cer- tain language in the agreement but were informed last week, they said, that if they didn't sign the agreement, water would be cut off to the subdi- vision. Time was running out because the new main, as well as the vault and PRV, were to be installed Wednesday after service lines were hooked up Tuesday. With fears and misunderstanding mounting, the council called a special meeting for Tuesday at noon. "We had been told Friday that un- less everyone signed, our water would be cut offuntil everyone signed," Pryor View resident Janet Prosseal dur- ing Tueday's meeting. "Our request was a 30-day extension to negotiate a mutually-accepted agreement." Mayor Bruce Morrison expressed the town's willingness to continue to work with residents, and Council- man Brian Dickson pointed out that the utility license is only required be- cause the vault and valve was to be placed within the towns right-of-way, noting that no agreement would be re- quired if the valve was placed on pri- vate land. "It was never our intention to be hard-nosed," Dickson said. "Our le- gal counsel said we have to have an agreement before the equipment can be installed. And it had to be done be- fore the winter shutdown. There has been a lot of'he said, she said' in every conversation." But the problem was the last-min- ute timing, residents attending the meeting agreed. "The problem with this is the late notice," RJ May said, referring to a re- cent letter from the town. "If we had notice, we could have done something else, but everyone has been, 'Oh, crap!' It came at the last second." Rick Grandalen of GK Construc- tion agreed that the information from the town in recent days came with the threat of a shutoff. Residents said they were told that there would be no negotiations, that it was "sign or lose water," they said. Councilman Scott Allred ex- pressed optimism that common sense would prevail and the agreement lan- guage would be worked out. He asked what the major objections were. "We feel misled as far as tim- ing," resident Joe Prosser said. "We thought there would be time for nego- tiation. Nobody seems to like it." Councilman Bruce Wolsey echoed Dickson in saying, "Our intention was never to shut the water off," and town attorney Sandra Kitchen added that the language in the agreement is standard and similar to language the town must agree to in deals with the county. Dickson also noted that the agree- ment contains a 180-day termination clause for the town because, while he has no problem with the vault within the town right-of-way, he cannot bind a future council to the agreement. "The town's intention was to help the residents and give them options," Kitchen added. "The intention was not to force the PRV." RESOLUTION REACHED With some language in the agree- ment still to be resolved but an instal- lation deadline looming, Allred asked if there was a way to sign a temporary agreement while negotiations are un- der way. "I really believe we can come to an agreement," he said. Residents discussed some ele- ments of the license agreement lan- guage but ultimately decided to nego- tiate further if a temporary agreement could be reached and signed. Kitchen said one alternative would be a six-month temporary agreement, which would include six additional months for residents to re- move the equipment if a permanent agreement cannot be reached. The council and residents liked the idea of a temporary agreement. "The problem is, when it came down these people felt threatened and backed into a corner," Dickson said. "We were told that in order for us to hook up the PRV, we had to have all of the signatures on the agreement. That's why there was the deadline. The problem is, everyone was up against a wall." Dickson asked about a temporary agreement, and Kitchen said that, like the permanent agreement, the temporary agreement would have to be signed by all residents of the sub- division. Speaking to the council by speak- er phone from her Powell office, Kitch- en said she could draft language not- ing that the agreement at hand is temporary in nature, then went to work drafting and later sent the new agreement to the council. As written, the new language states that the license agreement shall be for a temporary period of Jan. 4, 2012 through Jan. 3, 2013, and if the town and residents cannot agree to a permanent license agreement by June 4, the residents must begin the process to remove the equipment from the town right-of-way by Jan. 3, 2013. With a deadline of Wednesday morning facing the residents, it was noted that not all of the 10 property owners are in town currently, and others were unable to attend Tues- day's meeting. The residents and clerk/treasurer Valerie Beal agreed to work together to contact residents and, in some cases, a faxed signature would suffice until a hard copy could be sent, signed and returned, the council agreed. Residents attending the meet- ing agreed to the temporary license language, and the council eventually voted to approve it, but not before one last question reared its head. Council- man Kevin Jones asked what would happen if one resident declined to sign the agreement. "I would hate to see one spoil it for the rest," he added. Dickson said the water meter, and thus water, could be removed for any resident who doesn't sign the agree- ment. He: said, "I don't want to.do,hat v but added that one individUal:without water would be preferable to many. The council voted to approve the temporary utility license agreement following a 2-hour meeting. As of noon Tuesday, six of the 10 property owners had been able to sign the temporary agreement, and Beal said it would be up to Mayor Morrison as to what to do about the four who have not signed. December DUP meeting r ad Yuletide flavor Christmas decorations were up P. Smith. The Pledge of Allegiance was the guest speaker, May Emmett, of for members and guests attending the led by Dorothy Winterholler. Lovell. She explained that many early Big Horn Company Daughters of the Utah Pioneers meeting and social on Monday Dec. 12, which was conducted by President Mary Jensen. Savanna Nash from Byron shared beautiful Christmas thoughts before the delicious soup, salad and dessert luncheon was served by the officers: Mary Jensen, Marjorie Stevens, Sher- aldean Jones and WillaDene Kraft. The patriotic presentation by Doro- thy Winterholler included thoughts by President Eisenhower, as well as beau- tiful pioneer Christmas thoughts from International DUP President Maurine Museum Notes presented by Patty Hansen included a pioneer history of a family living in isolated Teton Val- ley. The father, F.W. Morgan, left his family on Dec. 22 to travel 60 miles on his sleigh to obtain his family's gifts, which would be packed in a 60-gallon barrel. He experienced problems and was unable to return to his family un- til after New Year's. Sometimes we need to remember how fortunate we are today. The group enjoyed singing some favorite Christmas carols. "A Pio- neer Christmas" was the subject of pioneers came from a Puritan back- ground, which banned Christmas celebrations except for a church ser- vice. However, it didn't take long for Christmas traditions to develop. Pic- tures of homemade ornaments, sleds and sleighs and early paintings of ice- skating were shared. History surrounding the Christ- mas carol, "Far Far Away on Judea's Plains," written by pioneer John M. MacFarlane, was shared. Announce- ment was made for the next meeting to be held Monday, Jan. 9 at i p.m. in the Lovell Annex. Ulll i ,, ,1111111 Please submit obituaries to us via e-mail: Icnews@tctwest.net; fax:307-548-2218; or bring to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell, Wyoming i William Corlis Roberts Feb. 15, 1921- Dec. 28, 2011 William Corlis Roberts was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Frannie, the only son of Charles Edmond (Ted) Rob- erts and Bessie Marie Mc- Collum. Bill attended school in Frannie, southern Montana, Denver and Lovell, where he enjoyed playing basketball. Following his graduation from Lovell High School he attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, major- ing in business. Bill left school in the spring of 1941 to join the war effort, working first in Seattle for Boeing Aircraft and then in Long Beach, Calif., for Douglas Aircraft. While in Long Beach Bill enlisted in the Navy and was trained as an aviation radioman and tail gunner in the Naval Air Force. He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1946. Returning to Wyoming, Bill worked for his uncle Art Muller in his Frannie trucking and oilfield con- struction business. Dur- ing that time he met and courted Zelda Brimhall. They were married on June 11, 1950, in Frannie; their marriage was later solem- nized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Faith Southern Baptist -" 340 E. 3rd St., Lovell Pastor Michael McKnight 548-6561 Servlcea: Sunday School 9:48 am Morn. Worship 11 am Eve. Worship 6 pm Wed. Bible Study 7 pm St. Joseph's r catholic church 1141 Shoshone Ave., Lovell, WY Sacrifice of the Mass Sunday at 11:30 am Reverend Glen Szczechowski Please recycle this newspaper. Recyclingbins are located in the Red Apple Supermarket parking lot in Lovell. I Serving Northern ,ted Big HCounty III Method'st ( ] f% t ItC/,.,h ,,1 I '==,7=i[ ====7 years V Q at the corner of Park & Shoshone, Lovell Pastor Paula Morse Church: 548-7478 8:30 Deaver Worship 10:30 Lovell Worship Bill and Zelda bought the Frannie Mercantile in 1951 and operated it to- gether for 20 years. During that time Bill also worked for Muller Trucking and Louis B. Welch Construc- tion. They sold the store in 1971, at which time Bill worked full-time for Welch Construction. In 1973 he went to work for Conoco Oil in the oil fields west of Frannie until his retire- ment in 1985. Bill enjoyed hunting and camping, bowling, gar- dening and collecting tools. He joined the Church of Je- sus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971 and served in many positions in the church, including on the Lovell Stake High Coun- cil, as bishop of the Cow- ley 1 st Ward, as an ordi- nance worker in the Idaho Falls and Billings Montana LDS temples, and as a full- time missionary with his wife, Zelda, in the Missis- sippi-Jackson Mission from March 1995 until October 1996. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, Bill completed his mortal life while a resident of New Horizons Care Cen- ter and following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Bill was preceded in death by a baby sister, Mary; his parents, Ted Rob- erts and Bessie McCollum Verhasselt; and his daugh- ter-in-law, Layne Baxter Roberts. He is survived by his wife Zelda of Fran- nie; sons Shane C. (Miri- am) of Frannie and Lane E. of Iona, Idaho; daugh- ter Blynne (Lynn) Lovell of Gilbert, Ariz.; 18 grandchil- dren and 16 great-grand- children. Funeral services for William C. Roberts will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Cowley LDS Meetinghouse, with visitation immediate- ly preceding at 9 a.m. and interment following at the Deaver-Frannie Cemetery. ITh Bible Church e ' 'e Prayer 7 pm 10:30 am 56 E. Main 1Bible Lesson Lovell I, 6,m J L0uell flssemblg W of God Church 310 Idaho live,, Louell Servicea Sunday School - 9;45 am Morning Worship -- 10:50 am Sunday Night -- 6:30 pm Wed. Bible Study - 7 pm Rev. Dan Jarvis 548-7105 5th & Montana, 548-7127 Rev. 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