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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 19, 2012 Rodeo grounds and museum among projects discussed BY DAVID PECK Various projects and possible funding sources were on the table at the Lovell Town Council meet- ing Tuesday, April 10, at Town Hall. Some came in the form of a budget request, some involved the possible sixth- cent additional sales tax proposal and some were in- cluded in updates of exist- ing projects. First up was Wayne Brost, secretary of the Western Arena and Mo- tor Sports Board, which governs the Lovell Rodeo Grounds. Brost, report- ing on the March 29 board meeting, submitted a re- quest for a restroom/conces- s/on stand building at the rodeo grounds, estimated to cost $60,000, and a set of portable bleachers, which cost an estimated $50,000. He said the bleachers could be used for a number of dif- ferent events around the community. In addition, Brost re- ported, the rodeo grounds board requests $3,100 for lumber, bolts and gates to perform needed repairs at the arena. Brost also presented the council with proposed revisions to the Organized Event Permit for the rodeo grounds, and he said the board has hired Casey Ellis to work the grounds twice a month through the end of September. Mayor Bruce Morri- son suggested that the $110,000 for the conces- sion stand/restroom and portable bleachers projects could come from the pro- posed sixth-cent sales tax, if it is given the go-ahead by the Big Horn County town councils and then approved by voters in November. Next on the agenda was John Nickle of the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center board, who dis- cussed a possible addition to the mustang center using sixth-cent funding. Nickle said the center attracted visitors from all 50 states and a number of European countries, as well as Aus- tralia, last summer. "It is an attraction for the area. We get a lot of vis- itors and have a lot of inter- est from across the coun- try," he said. Nickle said the center board envisions a facility "half again bigger" being built on parking lot land to the east of the current structure. "That would give us pretty much all the addi- tional room we'd ever need," Nickle said. 'We'd also like to build some corrals in back and an enclosure. We'd like to adopt a couple animals so there will be something for people to see here closer to town." Nickle said the board has asked engineer Willie Bridges to work up some costs for the addition. (Since last week's meet- ing, Mayor Morrison has discovered that the wild mustang center is not eligi- ble for sixth-cent tax money because it does not rest on town-owned land.) LOVELL-KANE MUSEUM Members of the Lovell- Kane Museum Board at- tended Tuesday's meet- ing and displayed a hand-sketched, tentative design for a museum that could be located in a new building constructed on the town-owned lot direct- ly west of the county an- nex building and south of Mayes Fabric. Spokesman Karen Spragg gave a copy of the sketch and a list of needs for a possible steel build- Full-time CARDIOLOGY for you in the Big Horn Basin ing housing the museum. As proposed, the building would contain an office, a filing and archives room, a storage room, restrooms, a small kitchen, a theater/ auditorium, an old house or cabin in the center, various permanent displays and an area for rotating displays. There would :also be an out- side enclosure for outside displays. Spragg and board mem- ber Rich Fink said they would come up with a cost estimate for the building to present to the town. WATER AND SEWER Engineer Frank Page reported that the, South Phase of the water and sew- er project was ramping up, with milling of streets un- der way and contractor Wil- son Brothers Construction working to complete the Nevada Avenue water line and under-drains. Nickle asked about seal- ing streets from the earlier phases of the project, and Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal said street sealing is being looked at in the bud- geting process. LOVELL INC. Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor reviewed the organi- zation's work plan for 2012, which includes a fundrais- ing event in May, building a social media presence, host- ing a commercial property open house on July 7 and developing a home-based business program as a job creation and recruitment tool. Taylor requested a let- ter requesting an exten- sion of the completion date for the business incubator grant and the council voted to authorize the mayor to sign such a letter. Taylor reported that she has received two pro- posals from asbestos inspec- tor Northern Industrial Hy- giene of Billings regarding the old hospital, one for a t lead-based paint inspection The council considered and both the 2012-13 bud- and another for an abate- a request from Parks Su- get' ordinance and tax levy ment design site inspection pervisor Isaac Mayes to ordinance. and plans and specifica- contract for clearing re- .Mayor Morrison pre- ,i tions for the removal ofhaz- strooms and pavilions in sented the 2012 communi- ardous materials. She said town parks, saying that the ty performance plan from professional service agree- method will save the town Rocky Mountain Power i ments will be drafted and money. The council agreed that outlines services the presented to the council at to consider the idea but also utility company will pro- i its next meeting, asked for more information vide. The council voted to Councilman Kevin on estimated savings, ask- authorize the mayor to sign Jones made a motion, ad- ing how such a move wouldthe plan but also asked for opted unanimously, to au- save the town money unless clarification of the charges thorize the mayor to sign staffing is reduced, the utility will assess for a and go out for bid for demo- In other action Tues- new street light at Seventh lit/on of the old hospital and day: and McKinley. grading the site when the .Emergency Manage- The council scheduled project is ready to go. ment Coordinator Keri W/l- a special and work meeting , Taylor also noted thatske reported that a weath- for April 17 and recessed I the town's proposal for an er-spotter course will beinto a closed session to dis- infrastructure grant for the held Tuesday, April 24, at cuss litigation. future senior housing proj- 6 p.m. at Rocky Mountain ect at the site of the old High School. hospital did not score high -The council voted to I enough with the State Loan adopt a new unacceptable Forest Service and Investment Board staff driving policy and have all to be recommended for employees sign the con- office closed 1 funding at the next SLIB sent form. The policy was meeting. She said she found requested by the Wyoming during training t out late in the application Association of Risk Man- I process that the town was agement. The Forest Service Of- required to have a contract -The council voted on rice in Lovell will be closed between a developer and the ballot for the Wyoming Wednesday, April 25, and the town, and the project Association of Municipal/- Thursday, April 26, for simply isn't at that stage ties Joint Powers Insurance training. yet. Coverage board of directors. Taylor recommended -Two catering permits that the town withdraw were approved by the coun- the grant application ruth- cih one for the Byron Bar WIND/BIGHORN BASIN er than risk being reject- for the April 13 Ducks Un- ADVISORY GROUP ,, ed, and Councilman Brian limited banquet and one for Dickson agreed, noting, "I the 4 Corners Bar for the PUBLIC think we can win points if North Big Horn Hospital's MEETING the staff doesn't have to An Evening With Friends April 25 @ 6 p.m. waste time with an appli- fundraiser on Saturday, cation that isn't going any- April 28. Big Horn Federal Bank where." -The council approved Community Room 643 Broadway This round of funding a resolution modifying open Thermopolis, WY requests is highly competi- container requirements for tive, Taylor said, and funds the 4 Corners Bar from 10Topics to be discussed: are limited. She said three a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satur- Westside Project Update ii homes could possibly be day, June 2, for the annu- Hot Springs Conservation t constructed at the east side al motorcycle cancer run. District Programs and r Projects of the subdivision since the The council also approved Update on Missouri River lots would be close to water a similar open container Activities i and sewer service, and in modification for June 22-24 Instream Flows in the Wind/ the meantime, the town and during Mustang Days and Bighorn Basin Lovell Inc. can work to put a 24-hour opening for li- PRISM Online Climate Data together a more, complete quor establishments for the Retrieval Tool package for a grant applica- same dates. For more information, contact the t/on a year from now. -The council approved Wyoming Water I:: Then council voted to on first reading an ordi- Developrnent Office: , withdraw the grant appli- nance correcting an article (307) 777-7626 or cation, number in the town code http://waterolan state.wv.us/ TOWN OF LOVELL March 15 - June 16, 2012 FROM 7am TO 4pm You MVSr contact the LeD dispatcher (548-2215) to get permission PRIOR to burning. Residents who are sensitive to smoke may call and register with the Dispatcher and those who plan to burn will be notified if there is a sensitive resident in the area././Ca complaint is received by the dispatcher a police officer will be sent to investigate and may require afire to be extinguished. There is a 2 hour burn down period until 6p.m. (child mhst be ~ year~ old by September 15, 2012) Kindergarten screenings will be BHC School Dist. #1 office, 99 S. 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