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March 22, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 councl BY DAVID PECK Lovell Mayor Bruce Morrison last week ex- pressed support for a pro- posed Big Horn County- wide sixth-cent sales tax while reporting to the Lovell Town Council about recent meetings he had regarding the proposal, noting that he has a bet- ter understanding of how the process works after a meeting of county mayors the previous week. Mayor Morrison made his comments during the regular meeting of the town council on Tuesday, March 13. The sixth-cent sales tax is a county-wide tax for specific capital con- struction projects, Morri- son said, and six of nine municipalities in the coun- ty must approve a project in order for the process to move forward. When the tax money pays off the projects funded through the sixth cent, the tax comes off. While the sixth-cent proposal was initiated by the Town of Greybull, which wants to build and maintain a commu- nity swimming pool, the Town of Lovell could par- ticipate at any level, from a $50,000 project to a $5 million project, Morrison said, noting that the pop- ulation of the community doesn't matter. There are four stages to the funding mechanism, Morrison said: 1) Town councils must approve a possible project; 2) Six of nine municipalities must participate; 3) The county commissioners must ap- prove the projects; and 4) Voters must approve the sixth-cent tax. Morrison said that during discussions, two potential organizations have emerged that could use funding for a building: the Lovell-Kane Museum and the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. Morrison dd the. mu- seum board is looking for its first building to house a museum, and the mus- tang center has been rais- ing money for years for a larger facility than the log building constructed a few years ago east of town. The idea Would be to construct a facility to house both the mustang center and the museum on land owned by the mus- tang center east of Lovell. "I guess I'm in favor of pushing the sixth cent," Morrison said. "It's excit- ing for these people." Morrison said the pub- lic will have a chance to weigh in on the idea dur- ing the Main Street Proj- ect public meeting on April 5, and Lovell Clerk/Trea- surer Valerie Beal noted that the town must pass a resolution by June so com- missioners can give their approval (or denial) in July in order for the clerk to put the measure on the November General Elec- tion ballot. Morrison said that in Lincoln County, which is similar to Big Horn Coun- ty, about 40 percent of the sixth-cent tax is paid for by out-of-county people do- ing business in the coun- ty, but Councilman Kevin Jones said he would like to hear from business own- ers about their feelings re- garding another cent add- ed to the sales tax. "We'll continue to meet with people to generate en- thusiasm," Morrison said. "We'll see how it goes." WATER AND SEWER Engineer Frank Page reported that the South Phase of the Lovell Wa- ter and Sewer Infrastruc- ture Project is scheduled to start up again in ear- ly April. He said he's not sure where Wilson Broth- ers Construction will start but said the company is looking at starting at fin- ishing the water line on Nevada from 10th to Wy- oming, then completing the sewer line on Garfield from 8th to the top of the hill, then the under drain on the Nevada Hill above the Globe Canal. The com- pany would then work on 10th and Wyoming in the area of the hospital and complete the upper bench work before moving below the hill. Once MDU is finished with the company's gas line project and the un- der drain is installed; it is hoped that Wilson can complete reconstruction of Nevada Avenue. A public meeting on the next and final phase of the project - Main Street - has been scheduled for Thursday, April 5, from 6 to8 p.m. at the Lovell Community Center. Town Clerk/Treasur- er Valerie Beal said she received the certification statement from the State o Wyoming stating that the town will comply with the provisions of the resi- dent preference law for contractors and design firms, a document neces- sary for the town to receive planning funding from the State Loan and Invest- ment Board. She said the state answered some ques- tions she had. The council voted for the mayor to sign the cer- tification statement. LOVELL INC. Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor reported the nearly final contract fig- ures on the Lovell Third Street Incubator Building, saying that Tuesday's bills to be paid by the council contained $8,100 in retain- age to be paid to contrac- tor Penrose Constrution, with $3,400 held back as a late-completion penalty and some money needed to complete a pavement patch from the power pole to the building for electric service. "This almost wraps up the project," Taylor said, noting that she would still like to have concrete poured on the east side of the building to keep water away from the brick. She said there is still about $12,000 in grant funding available, with about $700 in outstanding bills yet to be paid. OLD HOSPITAL PROJECT The council voted to accept a contract with Northern Industrial Hy- giene of Billings for the final asbestos inspection on the old Lovell hospital building on 10th Street. Taylor said the asbes- tos inspection will be per- formed in two phases by Northern: 1) Finish the in- spection and prepare a re- port; then 2) Work on the abatement design and help the town with the contract for abatement. The inspection was conducted this week (March 20-21), Taylor said. FIREWISE Big Horn County Fire- wise Coordinator Chris Weydeveld reported on the progress of the Globe Ca- nal fire mitigation proj- ect and the Firewise pro- gram in general. During a PowerPoint presentation, Weydeveld noted that the Globe Canal was consid- ered to be one of the top priorities in the county under the new Commu- nity Wildfire Protection Plan that came under the Healthy Forest Protection Act of 2004. After the initial plan worked only on Bighorn National Forest projects, the project received grant money in 2008 for bottom- land, and the Globe Canal was identified as a high priority. Firewise worked with landowners to devel- op individual mitigation plans to reduce fuel load- ing, increase the opportu- nity to save structures and identify what vegetation could be removed. We're on Like us 'Lovell Chronicle' II II III II IIII IIIllll IIIII III I I I I Call today to schedule your Carpet & Air Duct CleaningI l Present this coupon for a 20% discount on any residential carpet and air duct | cleaning. Must be paid in full upon completion for discount to apply. No dis- | count below minimum charge. 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Each day in the United States over 3,000 youth under the age of 18 try smoking for the first _=_-- time, 1 200 become new regular smokers and 1 in 3 will die prematurely because of their tobacco use. The tobacco - = COLL ON$ IBIEGi industry studies youth they know what designer clothes they like taste in music, movies and they advertise them to lure - - them into trying their products. They have tried to make their product sound sweet using candy flavors. Studies have - = shown middle school is when most students start experimenting with tobacco, but some start as young as fourth and = - fifth grade. Hopefully by educating our youth to the danger of tobacco and how the industry markets to them we can _== - decrease use among the youth. __= = r ..................... -I= - I Big Hem County Fresh Air Tour Passport I- Passport Collections Begins March 26 * Drawing for PRIZES held 3:30 p.m., March 30 i = I = Drop Box Location is at the Public Health Office in Lovell "- = I - : :~ii= = I 1. Most smokers accept smoke-free policies? OTrue OFalse = = I 2. Smoke-free policies increase patronage? OZrue OFalse / el- = I 3. Most Basin region citizens do not smoke? OTrue OFalse _= = I 4. What is positive for health is positive for business? OTrue OFalse =--- - ______= = I 5. Where did you find the Fresh Air Flag for your answers? __ I = _- I Name: Phone: I_ -- I -- I= = Fresh Air Tour Passports will be made available in the communities for families to answer questions related to stuck- 1-= I ing and secondhand smoke. The answers to the questions will be found on the Fresh Air Flags that are located on the ' _2- __= _ I windows of smoke-free restaurants and businesses in the counties. Answer the questions and drop the passports off I_- = I at the Public Health Office in Lovell. Each county will draw for prizes to be given to the families that will participate; I- prizes will be awarded. Gottsche Wellness Center will be providing a pass for a recipient and friend to their wellness i=_ I centers throughout the Basin region. __---- L ......... j- ~~I~~~~~I~I~I~~~~~I~I~I~I~IT Weydeveld said there came to be a lot of interest - from the property owners along the Globe Canal, es- pecially since grant fund- ing was offered on a 90- 10 split with up to $1,000 allowed per acre of land. He showed a colored map displaying the properties that had plans developed but were unsigned, plans signed without applying for grant money, plans processed and approved, plans being implemented and plans where the work has been completed. He said there are 50 landowners and 60 parcels along the canal covering 36 acres. So far, 10 percent of the projects have been completed and work is con- tinuing. Weydeveld said the work must include herbi- cide treatment and con- tinuing maintenance and monitoring. More grant money was recently ap- proved through the Bu-. reau of Land Management, Weydeveld said, and any- one needing further infor- mation can contact him through Valerie Beal at town hall or councilman Jones. In other action Tuesday: Mayor Morrison an- nounced and the coun- cil voted to accept the appointments of Angie Spann, Leeann Savage and Tyler Ennis to the Lovell Tree Board and Shane Pitt to the Lovell Planning and Zoning Commission. All of the appointments run through December of 2014. The council voted to send a letter to the Big Horn County Clerk's Office to request that the clerk's office handle the 2012 elec- tions for Town of Lovell elected positions - mayor and council - as required by the county. The letter must include a map of the town boundaries and the terms of office for the up- coming elections, Beal said. Beal noted that the town will host a meeting of all town boards and com- missions Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Lovell Community Center to pro- vide information on meet- ing procedures and respon- sibilities while serving on a municipal board, as well as the role of each board or commission under the town code. Beal also noted that the council needs to begin to meet to start the pro- cess of forming the 2012-13 budget. .20].2 Has Your Child Been Screened? Your friends at the Children's Resource Center remind you that your child needs at least one developmental screening before the age of two. before CHILD DEVELOPMENT SCREENINGS *lbefore21DEAL lbeforeSESSENTtAL De:elopmental screenings for ages birth through 5: Movement, Hand and Finger Skills Cognitive Speech and Language Skills Social, Emotional and Serf-Help Skills Vision and Heating Screenings Please call 548-6722 now to schedule your FREE developmental screening. RESOURCE CENTER 435 East 5th Street 548-6722 Devdopmental services do not replace ammal check-ups wkh your physician.