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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 12, 2012 MEDIAN STRIP of snow, (which is) better without a median strip." Similarly, another wrote, "The streets will stay clean- er and the snow will be gone in the middle (if the strip is removed)." Added a third, "Removing the medi- an would be a big help with street sweeping and snow removal." Others mentioned the cost of reconstructing the median. "It would be cheaper and increase (the size of) parking lanes to remove the median," wrote one person. Added another, "I would prefer to have the median strip removed because of the rising costs of materi- als, and it saves the town money." Some commented on how dangerous it is to cross on piled snow during the winter, and others said the removal would improve traffic flow, especially at the east end of town. "I would love to see the median removed per- manently, especially on the east end of town," one person wrote. "Buses stop at the Food Court and all those children are cross- ing Main Street, also boats, semis, etc. During the win- ter snow piles up and peo- ple are falling or climbing over snow piles." Another also noted in regard to East Main, "I feel the presence of the is- land impedes traffic flow and customer convenience to each of the Main Street businesses. This is espe- cially true of (vehicles, list provided) which have lon- ger wheelbases and need more room to turn when entering or leaving Main Street. The island removal continued from page 1 DAVID PECK Gerald Brinkerhoff and Roger Hiser pore over material during the community open house Thursday night at the Lovell Community Center. Some 40 to 50 people attended the open house. would make access to busi- nesses more convenient, therefore encouraging more travelers and custom- ers to stop in Lovell." Of those who were in favor of replacing the me- dian strip with a new is- land during the project, two mentioned how nice it is for the flowers and two mentioned safety, noting that the median is a good place to stop while cross- ing the street. One person called the median "a dis- tinctive item for the town." Others who favored re- moving the median perma- nently noted that flowers could still be provided for either in the center of the street or on the sidewalks. One person liked the idea of a partial median similar to the median in Riverton. SIXTH-CENT TAX The other topic that drew plenty of comment was the proposed sixth-cent sales tax. Some people were dead set against the ex- tra penny, others liked the idea of using the income for the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center and/or the Lovell-Kane Museum, both of which had representa- tives at the meeting. Ten people comment- ed on the sales tax, and the tally was split evenly, with five in favor and five against. Some liked the idea of a new museum building and enhancing the wild mus- tang center east of town. At the time of the meeting it had been suggested that the two organizations join forces for a new facility, but at Tuesday's Lovell Town Council meeting the muse- um board presented sketch- es of a proposed new build- ing at Fifth and Oregon on the town lot directly west of the county annex and police department. One person wrote con- cerns about the sustainabil- ity of a museum and sug- gested the sales tax money be used for a walking path. Others worried about the how an extra cent would affect businesses. "The extra 1 percent doesn't seem like much, but it adds up," one person wrote. "I believe it will hurt what businesses we have left. There are those who will quit buying anything because of that one little penny. Can we really afford to do that to what we have left? There are lots of inter- esting places to put it, but will we be cutting our own throats?" One person wrote that a lottery would be a better way to raise funds, given the number of people who drive to Montana just to purchase lottery tickets. One person dead set against a sales tax increase wrote simply, "We are ab- solutely opposed to any raised taxes!" A third topic discussed was the location of a Ve- rizon Wireless cell tower, and those who commented said the suggested location down the alley just east of Red Apple is a good place for the tower. ENTRYWAYS Regarding a fourth topic, most people liked the idea of enhancing the east and west entryways to town, but some worried about the cost. "If the town did not have so much debt already, I would not object to a grant with 10 percent match- ing funds for the entry- ways into town, but we are in debt," one person wrote. "That money has to come from somewhere." The citizen went on to write a preference for "low- growing grass that doesn't need to be watered," mixed with wildflower seeds, which would "look nice and not be expensive." The per- son worried that the sug- gested solid fence would simply attract weeds garbage, which would col- lect against the fence, caus- ing "a terrible mess." One person suggested a drought-resistant rose hedge down both sides of the highway, plus a rock wall with an electronic bill- board above it on the east end of town. Finally, some people weighed in on what to do with the Rose Parade dur- ing Mustang Days when Main Street is under con- struction. Some suggested using Shoshone Avenue, if needed, for the parade, and others suggested Third Street or Fifth Street. Some suggested that the parade could he run on whatever surface exists at the time of the parade. A couple suggested that Mustang Days could go without a parade for one year. HORSE GATHER from page1 monitoring data shows the PM- WHR does not have the capacity to sustain the current wild horse population over the long term with their current use patterns on healthy rangelands. The BLM does not sell any horses to slaughterhouses or so- called "killer buyers." Any ex- cess wild horses will be offered for adoption only to qualified BLM-ap- proved adopters. Before the adop- tion, the horses will be examined by veterinarians, freeze-marked and vaccinated. Due to the nature of this gather, the adoptions could be carried out as several small events or one large event, depend- ing on the gather efficacy. Adop- tion will be announced as the gath- er progresses and the public will be notified at least two to three weeks prior to the adoptions. The BLM is charged with the task of maintaining both the range and a healthy herd under the "The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971." Although not afforded the protections of "wild- life," the horses are afforded cer- tain protections under the law. In an effort to reduce the num- ber of gathers required in the fu- ture, the BLM has implemented a program of fertility control where certain mares are selected based on genetic factors to receive an an- nual birth control shot. The shot is administered by dart. "I believe that this gather is a significant step toward a time when the removal of so many as 20 horses could be a rare event, a time when such a gather would be a rare event," commented Dillon on his blog. "Again, though, this is a very delicate time. The lack of a gather this year would certainly lead to a larger one next year. To carry out such an action would be a serious setback to the hard work that has been done and the prog- ress that has been made these past few years. I have great faith that this year's gather plan reflects careful planning and that opera- tions will be carried out safely and responsibly so that removed indi- viduals and the herd's future suc- cess are impacted as little as pos- sible. Let us get through this year, and let us keep working toward a time when our goals can be real- ized." Many wild horse advocates like Dillon and the BLM hope that com- prehensive fertility programs that are now in place, which adminis- ter a birth control shot periodical- ly to carefully selected mares, will reduce the need for gathers in the future. A 30-day appeal period to the decision is already in progress and will end on May 3, 2012. For more detailed information about the gather and a summary of pub- lic comments and a copy of the decision record go to http://blm. goxL000. Correction Names were Swlihed In the March 29 edi- tion of the Chronicle two names were switched in a front page photo cut- line. Ashley Pitt of Lovell was the girl taking aim with a dart during the Big Horn County 4-H Carnival and Sarahgrace Miller of Cowley was the girl looking on. Luke and Kjirstyn Welch Benefit/Fundraiser Fireman's Rib Dinner I Friday, April 7.7 6&7 prn Lovell Fire Hall s I 0/ticket Tickets can be purchased at ACC/CETCO o.gice or at the firehall. =6 Bg/Ib Chinese Entree $5 g/lb. SAT U R DAY & S U N DAY April 14 & 15, Buy an 8-piece Chickenor larger and get l-lb. regular Potato or Macaroni salad FREE WEDNESDAY, April 18 Breast/Drum combo meal $4 99 Red MONDAY, April 16 BBQ Chicken Chunks $5 99/lb 9 E. Main. Lovell