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lUlNdlilIkI_--UZ-Z-Z-.---njHIJlL IIENINHNUNJNUlIIIII)IINNIIIMIIN 6 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 22, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Lovell council Students to conduct pine beetle study in Lovell BY DAVID PECK A group of students from Lovell High School is embarking on a project in Lovell to check all pine trees for pine beetles - with the permission of local landown- ers. Students from Mike Greenlee's Coordinated Re- source Management/GIS class attending the regular Lovell Town Council meet- ing last Tuesday, April 13 to explain the project in which the students will sys- tematically check pine trees throughout the community and map the project through the Geographic Information System. Senior Ben Long ad- dressed the council and ex- plained that the students will check trees in town to see if any are infected, map the results of the search pattern and help inform the community about what they can do to treat infected trees if there are any. Junior Kaleb Leithead explained what the stu- dents will look for including holes in the bark and saw- dust material where beetles have bored in and "popcorn- looking" sap. He explained the life cycle of the beetles and how the students have mapped the town with the GIS system and have divid- ed the town into 30 sections. Students will go from sec- tion to section, checking the trees in each. Once they get started, Greenlee said, the students will be able to check a zone each day, but he said the project will continue into next fall and even through next winter. Once a tree is infected, there isn't much an owner can do because the beetle larvae will be bur- ied beneath the bark, and then the focus would be on prevention for neighboring trees. Mayor Bruce Morrison said he is asking for citizen support for the project, not: ing that students will seek permission to go on pri- vate property. He said the reverse-911 system could be used to inform property owners that students want to check trees and firewood. He noted that the students have already checked trees on school and town proper- ty. "I think it's a great pro- gram. It will benefit the com- munity," the mayor said. Morrison also noted that this year's Arbor Day/ Tree City USA program for fifth-graders will take place today (April 22) at the east Little League Baseball field, where students will plant trees around the new ball field. He read a proclama- tion designating Arbor Day in Lovell. WATER TANK PROJECT The council voted Tues- day to accept a bid in the amount of $61,356.61 from Spiegel and Son, Inc., of Steamboat Springs, Colo., for painting the interior of the town's small (300,000-gal- lon) water tank. Project Manager Rob Croft reported that he reviewed all five of the bids, checked to see that the bid documentation was complete and that each com- pany's bid bond was in or- der. He said he checked ref- erences for Spiegel and Son, and all had good things to say about the company. In his monthly water and sewer project report, en- gineer Frank Page of DOWL/ HKM Engineering reported that the Southwest/Trans- mission Line Project is pro- gressing well and outlined the water and sewer line re- placement schedule. He said the contractor was hoping to pave the Shoshone Hill last week but was waiting for the availability of the hot mix plant. He was hoping for paving to begin the week of April 26. He said surveying is under way for the South projeqt, and when that is finished, design work will begin. Page said the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation has approved a change order on the Safe Routes to School project that would remove two lots from the project per property owner requests for a reduction in the contract price of $11,465. The council voted to approve the change order and an amendment to the professional servic- es agreement with DOWI_J HKM in the amount of $9,340 for work outside the scope of services. LOVELL INC. In her monthly report, Lovell Inc. Director Sue Tay- lor reported on the recent housing needs assessment for Lovell and Cowley and suggested a possible zone change to allow twin homes in town, adding that twin homes are excellent homes for senior citizens who de- sire a low-maintenance dwelling. She also encour- aged the town to work with contractors to erect signs at each of the new subdivisions to help in the marking of the unsold lots. The council passed on second reading Ordinance 902 regarding delinquent water accounts. Taylor ex- pressed a concern about the $200 required deposit for es- tablishing service, saying it might not be conducive to attracting new residents. "For a new person mov- ing to town, that's a pret- ty big chunk," Taylor said, "and it's sitting there forev- er." Grant said some towns return half of a deposit after a period of time, and Town Attorney Sandra Kitchen said some towns give all of the deposit back eventually. Councilman Scott All- red said he understood the reasoning behind the $200 deposit but also recalls his niece being upset by the cur- rent $100 deposit. The coun- cil agreed to consider revi- sions on third reading, and Kitchen said she could pro- vide a copy of Powell's ordi- nance on returned deposits: Allred noted that the town is carrying a huge amount of bad debt, hence the recommendation to in- crease the deposit. WELCOME SIGN The council discussed the Welcome to Lovell sign that was knocked down dur- ing an automobile crash in late November and has yet to be replaced. Roger Wflk- erson, whose property lies on the curve behind the sign's traditional location, said he welcomes the replacement of the sign so as to provide additional protection for his property. When he said at a prior meeting that he and his wife could no longer care for the area around the sign, council members said they were under the impression that he no longer wanted the sign at that location, but he said that's not the case. "The sign has done its job twice in protecting my property," he said. "The last time, my wife was in the yard and the vehicle was coming right at her." Wilkerson said a num- ber of vehicles have slid onto town property or his property at the corner over the years, often due to slick road conditions or unfamil- iarity with the curve. He asked about the progress in obtaining a blinking warn- ing light for the corner. Grant said he has worked with WyDOT and highway commissioner Charlie Monk, to no avail, with officials saying the de- gree of curve on the corner and statistics on the number crashes do not warrant the light. "I don't buy it," Allred said. 'Why not be proactive? Are they going to wait until there's a problem? Cowley has had a blinking light for- ever." Allred urged the town to not let off the pressure and to "climb the |adder" to ask legislators and others to in- tervene. "It makes sense to have it there, it really does," he said. "How many (wrecks) do they need, or it is one tragic accident?" Wilkerson said there have been fatalities at the corner and that many crash- es go unreported because cars are driven away after sliding off the road. FRANCHISE FEES The council considered and passed on first reading Tuesday three ordinances that will increase franchise fees for Montana-Dakota Utilities, Rocky Mountain Power and TCT WEST to 4 percent of gross receipts. Kitchen read the ordinances by title only and suggested that the council post them at town hall in lieu of read- ing them in full, due to their length. Wolsey made the motion to pass the trio by ti- tle only and post a copy, as Kitchen suggested. The council discussed the franchise agreements and agreed that they need to study them in greater detail, noting, for instance, that the agreements with Rocky Mountain Power and TCT are for 10 years but the agreement with MDU is for 25 years. The current fran- chise fees range from 1 to 2 percent. Grant said the ordinanc- es mostly repeat the existing language in the town code except for the franchise fee, but Allred said 25 years is a long time for a franchise. All- red said the increased fees will certainly be passed on to customers of each compa- ny. The fee increase should generate about $75,000 in additional revenue for the town, Grant said. It was also pointed out that some of the language in the ordinances is outdated, and Kitchen suggested that a copy of the ordinance giv- en to each company for re- view and possible updates. The motion to pass the three ordinances passed unani- mously on first reading. In other action Tues- day: Grant reported that the asphalt damage on the street in the Legacy Subdi- vision has been repaired and that the project is complete. Grant reported that a representative of the Wyo- ming Business Council will be touring the old hospi- tal on 10th Street and that the town is still consider- ing a grant to tear the facil- ity down but needs to better understand the stipulations involved with the grant. oTown Attorney Sandra Kitchen explained to the council that the town may want to appoint an alter- nate prosecutor in case of a conflict of interest with cur- rent prosecutor Scott Kol- pitke. Mayor Morrison ap- pointed John Worrel as the alternate and the council voted to accept the appoint- ment. Worried about tight finances, the council voted to table an agenda item to match a study grant for the Tri-Town Walking Path for Lovell, Byron and Cowley. Lovell's share of the $5,000 match would be $3,300. Council members said they couldn't recall the project and wanted to "think about it." The motion to table the match passed 3-1 with May- or Morrison opposed. The council voted to approve Councilman Brian Dickson as the town's voting delegate at the 2010 Wyo- ming Association of Munici- palities Convention. The council voted to approve a catering permit for the Byron Bar to provide alcoholic beverages at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet Saturday night at the Lovell Community Center. The council passed a resolution to place the 2 percent lodging tax for the town of Lovell on the ballot in the General Election in November. The co, uncil scheduled a workmeing for Mgnday, April 26, .... Co-op provides fresh fruits, vegetables, seasonal items BY KARLA POMEROY A food co-op has come to Basin and Big Horn County. Big Horn County and Wyoming coordinator Nich- ol Duncan said she started the co-op after looking for a place to get fresh fruits and vegetables. She found the place through Bountiful Bas- kets Food Co-op. She is hop- ing for at least 96 people to order baskets twice a month and on the first order, deliv- ered last Saturday, she had 63 baskets. Bountiful Baskets and the food co-op uses collective purchasing to get high qual- ity food at prices usually re- served for grocery stores and restaurants, Duncan said. People make their "con- tributions" or orders to the co-op by ordering their bas- ket as www.bountifulbas- kets.org from 10 a.m. Monday to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Baskets will be distributed on May 1 at Duncan's home. She said there are cur- rently five communities in the state that have formed the food co-ops -- Basin, Bur- lington, Cowley, Ten Sleep and Star Valley. All towns have the goal of 96 baskets, except Burlington with 45. She said Worland, Lovell and Thermopolis will be join- ing the co-op at the end of May. Worland and Ten Sleep will alternate weeks for bas- kets to be distributed, as will Cowley and Lovell. Duncan said if there is an eventual site in Greybull she hopes to alternate weeks as well. A typical basket brings a variety of fruits (six kinds) and vegetables (six kinds). People have the opportuni- ty to order additional items such as bread, tortillas and seasonal items. Last week's baskets in- cluded apples, blackberries, pineapple, melon, bananas, Swiss chard, Romaine let- tuce, cherry tomatoes, pota- toes, mushrooms and broc- coli. Anyone interested in more information about the co-op or about provid- ing a site in a new commu- nity may contact Duncan at nichold@bountifulbasket s. org. A person ordering for the first time must also pur- chase a basket. Baskets are kept with the site coordina- tor so she can get the baskets prepared when the food is delivered. Anyone ordering baskets, she encourages to arrive early to pick up items and help unload and orga- nize the food. She said while her yard provides ample room in the summer for organization she is looking for a place to offer the co-op in the winter. Volunteers Hearts that Care Attention Senior Center Volunteers! We will honor you on Friday, April 23 at noon at the Senior Center. for all you do at the Center! 548-6556 Volunteer meals are s Apdl 2] by Bank of [ovell Meeting Sunday, May 2,2010 Big Horn County Annex 355 E. 5th St., Lovell 1-3 p.m. All county Democrats and Candidates Welcome More information? Contact Karyne Dunbar at 307-765-9605 U for the 2010 Follies? Tryouts are April 20, 6 pm Lovell Elementary School gym Tryouts Dollies (ages 19+) Rockettes (ages 16-19) April 27, 6 pm Lovell Elementary School gym NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION The Board of Directors of the Northwest Rural Water District ("District") hereby gives notice that on Tuesday, the 4th day of May, 2010, between the hours of 12:00 o'clock noon at 6:00 o'clock p.m., an election will be held to fill two (2) upcoming va- cancies for four (4) year terms from Park or Big Horn County, Wyoming, on the District board of Directors. The names of all qualified candidates are as follows: Ann M. Ayers (4 year term) Walter G. Brantz (4 year term) A person is qualified to vote in person or by absentee ballot if they: are a U.S. citizen; are a bona fide resident of the District; will be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the elec- tion; is a registered voter in the county in which they would be voting; are not currently adjudicated mentally incompetent; and have not been convicted of a felony, or if so convicted, have had their civil rights restored. District residents living in Park County may only vote at the Bar- ling Room, Park County Courthouse, 1002 Sheridan Avenue in Cody, Wyoming. District residents living in Big Horn County may only vote at the Big Horn County Lovell Annex, 355 E. 5th Street, in Love!l, Wyoming. Any District resident may vote by absentee ballot beginning April 9, 2010 up to 5:00 p.m. on May 4, 2010. Absentee ballots may be picked up or requested from the District office at 920 13th Street in Cody, Wyoming, (307) 527-4426. Absentee ballots will only be counted if they are received in the District office in Cody, Wyo- ming, by 5:00 p.m., May 4, 2010, or received at a voting location described above during voting hours. Within seven (7) days of the election, the election shall be can- vassed by a canvassing board drawn from the membership of the District and the District Secretary pursuant to Chapter 16 of the Wyoming Election Code of 1973, as amended, and W.S. 22-29-114. The canvassing board shall certify the returns of the election and file an abstract, which constitutes the certification of the canvassing board with the County Clerk for both Park and Big Horn Counties at the conclusion of the canvassing board meeting. The two (2) candidates receiving the most votes for each of the four (4) year terms shall be elected and shall assume office June 1, 2010. 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