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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 19, 2011 www.LovellChronicle.com School District One selects new health insurer BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Dealing with a laundry list of matters needing at- tention, including a recom- mendation to sign up with a new health insurer for eli- gible full-time employees, trustees of Big Horn School District One devoted near- ly three hours to business Tuesday night, May 10, in the Burlington School li- brary. The board, absent Trustee Ed Riding, went into an executive (confiden- tial) session in a room near the library to discuss "per- sonnel and property" at ap- proximately 7:08 p.m. im- mediately after Chairman Dave Monk called the meet- ing to order. Executive ses- sions are closed to the press and public. Returning to the library around 7:55, the board then began its open gathering at 8, mak- ing no comments regarding the closed session, and the meeting lasted until 9:50. All items needing board de- cisions were approved 6-0. Superintendent Shon Hocker announced the re- tirement of Sandra Mes- sick, who teaches at Rocky Mountain Elementary School. She will be honored for her 28 years service as an educator during a retire- ment party at the school on Friday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. Among other items, she will receive from the district a brass bell with a wooden handle, emblematic of what teachers once used to ring to signal the start of classes for the day. The superintendent also announced that middle school teacher Mike Higgins has been chosen as the dis- trict's teacher of the year. If he completes an exten- sive application form from the Wyoming Dept. of Edu- cation to compete as state teacher of the year, he will receive a check for $1,000 from WDOE. Following a presenta- tion by Conner Jones, an eighth-grader at Burlington School, the board agreed to ay half the expenses, up to 1,049, to assist him with his trip to National His- tory Day in Washington, D.C. June 12-18. Conner took second place for Wyo- ming in the junior division at State History Day, and was first in regional com- petition. His paper was on the Nuremberg Trials held in the aftermath of World War II. Hocker presented a let- ter from U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) congratulating the Future Business Lead- ers of America team from Rocky Mtn. High School for its first-place award from the state as an outstanding chapter. Monk also issued congratulations for the "fine work" by the students. The board accepted the preliminary budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year that. will begin July 1 subsequent to a presentation by district business manager Richard Parker. He offered an ex- planatory outline noting that the tentative overall total is $12,105,710. Hocker said later that the figure is similar to the current fiscal year budget, and that it re- flects neither new revenue nor cost-of-living increases by the state. The preliminary bud- get has to be adopted by the board by July 1. Hock- er said that trustees will re- view figures during the in- terim. He indicated that the June meeting is planned for the new district office, the former site of the Big Horn Academy in Cowley. During his outline, Parker provided the following cat- egory figures: approximate- ly $380,797 in food service; $854,925 in capital projects; special revenue of $1.2 mil- lion including federal mon- ies; and major maintenance funding from the state in the amount of some $437,310. Parker also said that school lunch prices will re- main the same next year at $2.55 per meal for high school and middle school students and $2.25 for el- ementary pupils. The dis- trict supplements food costs at approximately $100,000 per year. Trustee Brett Crosby told Parker that he would appreciate more budget de- tail than that initially pro- vided, and the latter said that it is forthcoming. Some 30 pages of figures will be involved, he added. At Hocker's recommen- dation, with additional ex- planatory support from Parker, the board OK'd changing the health insur- ance carrier from the Wyo- ming School Boards Associ- ation Insurance Trust to the Wyoming Educators Benefit Trust. Essentially, the ad- vice is based on premiums due to rise 12.48 percent and a decline in coverage next fiscal year. The insurer change will take effect with the start of the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Coverages and carri- ers have been studied and compared, Hocker said. He explained that although overall coverage under the WEBT will not be quite as good under WSBAIT, the district should be able to contribute enough next year to lower out-of-pocket costs for those covered. That would result from the state providing around $250,000 after the district pays about the same amount to WS- BAIT for its current policy buy-out. Trustees Brett Crosby and Paul Rasmussen ex- pressed concerns at the need to make the shift so rapidly, but their fears were allayed by Hocker and Parker. The superintendent said that WEBT representatives will provide data for employees during school visits, and that the basic information was provided at each cam- pus to help explain the need to change, and what's in- volved. Addtionally, Trust- ee Koleen Sponsel indicated that commonly, when large organizations that help pay insurance premiums pres- ent proposals for change, it's not up for debate. Regarding the district website, Hocker compli- mented the work of Erin Stiver-Henson, who began working in January as com- munications specialist. The superintendent stated that her employment has proved to be "money well spent." Visitations to the site have risen dramatically, he said, from around 65,000 hits to 135,000 per month. "It's fun to look at" and people like it, Hocker said. In other matters, the board: • Authorized prepara- tion of a buy/sell agreement to transfer title of the va- cated Byron High School/ Elementary School, exclud- ing the free-standing shop, and adjacent surrounding property boundaries to be determined. • Approved purchasing a copier for RMES with a lease purchase agreement through the Bank of Lovell. • OK'd participation in the WRS 457 plan (Wyo- ming retirement). • Accepted the resig- nation of Dave Beemer as RMMS boys basketball coach. • Agreed to the resigna- tion of Amanda Norris as RMES paraprofessional. • Approved the employ- ment of Hans Hawley as an English teacher at BHS. • Gave the nod to mod- ify wording in 14 district policies covering a wide range of topics; adopted on first reading 11 IHBA Spe- cial Education policies; and OK'd on second and final reading elimination of Pol- icy File GCCAA/Extended Sick Leave. Lovell Council: South project to get August start BY DAVID PECK With work continuing on easements and final plans, it looks like work on the South phase of the Lovell Water and Sewer Infrastructure Project won't begin until early to mid-August, project engineer Frank Page told the Lovell Town Council at the council's regular May meeting last Tuesday. Presenting his month- ly report, Page said plans have been submitted to the USDA Rural Utilities Ser- vice for final review, but he said the grant can be used for such things as the annu- al Lovell Police Dept. bike rodeo and other safety edu- cation project. The council voted to ap- prove the SRTS agreement and authorize Mayor Bruce Morrison and Town Clerk Valerie Beal to sign it. Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor reported that asbes- tos abatement on the Lovell Incubator and Lovell Inc. building by Safetech, Inc., of Billings will begin May 23 and that Lovell Inc. is mov- is still working out the fi- ing into a temporary office nal easements to that areJohnson Home and Land required before the project can go to bid. He said he was to meet with the hospi- tal board Tuesday night and noted that the easements for the Wyoming Nation- al Guard Armory property have gone to the Wyoming Attorney General's office for review. "We probably won't get into construction until early to mid-August, contingent upon easements and final documents being in place," Page said. The council discussed the 2011 Safe Routes to School grant award of $5,000, which is designated for education this year, with further construction like- ly waiting until 2012. Page until the abatement and the ensuing building remodel- ing is completed. The council voted to au- thorize the mayor to sign a contract with Safetech for asbestos abatement in an amount not to exceed the company's bid of $7,325. Taylor reported that bids for the remodeling of the building came in higher than the project estimate, but she said the architect is working with the appar- ent low bidder to reduce some costs. Since the as- bestos abatement bids came in lower than expected, she may request a reallocation of funds for the remodeling project from the Wyoming Business Council. She also discussed with the council the environmen- tal review on the old hospi- tal property on 10th Street, noting that a survey of the property is needed to sepa- rate out the portion of the lot to be retained by the for- mer property owner. The council voted to authorize the staff to seek cost propos- als for the survey and to ob- tain a title commitment. Water tank project The council discussed pay requests the town re- ceived from contractor Spie- gel and Son for the water tank painting project. Proj- ect engineer Rob Croft of Engineering Associates ex- plained various change or- ders and pay estimates hav- ing to do with remobilization after the painting crew had to cease work early in the project due to accumulated ice inside the tank. With Pay Estimate No. 2 already on the list of bills for payment, having been approved at an earlier meet- ing, the council voted to ap- prove Change Order No. 2 and authorize the payment of Pay Estimate No. 3 for the project to Spiegel and Son for $18,557.40. POLICE FEES The council discussed proposed fees for services recommended by Chief of Police Nick Lewis. Lewis recommends 1) Finger printing fee -- $5 per card 2) Vehicle unlocking -- $10 per vehicle 3) Serving of non-crim- inal no-trespass order -- $5 per order 4) Notice to quit (evic- tion notice) -- $10 per notice 5) Notary service for non-criminal papers -- $2 per paper Councilman Brian Dick- son said he worries about the town's liability in open- ing car doors and also won- dered if the service competes with the private sector. He said he would like to inves- tigate the proposal further and meet with Lewis before taking action, and the coun- cil voted to table the agenda item. In other business Tues- day: • The council voted to approve a severe weath- er plan for the communi- ty proposed by Emergency Management Coordinator Keri Wilske after the plan had been reviewed by Chief Lewis. • Two ordinances were approved on third reading: Ordinance 915 establishing definitions for overlay and planned unit development and Ordinance 916 estab- lishing a planned unit de- velopment zone for the com- munity. • The council voted to approve on second read- ing Ordinance 917 repeal- ing the portion of the town code establishing a muse- um board with the current Lovell-Kane Museum Board wishing to operate separate- ly from the Town of Lovell. • With the process un- der way for the 2011-12 bud- get, the council voted to ap- prove the budget ordinance and the annual tax levy or- dinance on first reading. • The council voted to approve a liquor catering permit for the Four Corners Bar for a wedding reception at the community center on June 11-12 and three li- quor related resolutions: an open container permit for a fenced-off area outside the Four Corners for the cancer fun run on motorcycle rally from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, an open container permit for the Four Corners for Mustang Days on June 24-25 and a modification of hours permit for the Four Corners dur- ing Mustang Days to allow operating hours from 6 a,m. on June 25 through 6 a.m. on June 26. • After discussing the WAM-JPIC joint powers agreement for town health insurance the council voted to approve the amended and restated agreement with the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and autho- rized the mayor to sign the agreement. The council lat- er voted to renew the WAM- JPIC employee health care plan. • Councilman Brian Dickson asked for input on proposed resolutions coming up at the annual WAM busi- ness meeting in June as the town's voting delegater • May!;!Morri0n asked whether the!i:council qout& use Skype to include C)un- cilman Scott Allred in coun- cil meetings, since he is working on a special project in Colorado for his employ- er, Wyoming Lime Produc- ers. Town Attorney Sandra Kitchen said he could cer- tainly monitor the meeting through Skype and partici- pate in discussion, but the link would not qualify as him actually attending the meeting. • Dickson reported that he is the new First Vice Pres- ident of the WAM Board of Directors. The council scheduled a budget work meeting for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, preceded by a special meet- ing at 5:30 p.m. Fetzer fundra A fundraising party for Powell resident "Uncle Ray" Fetzer Jr. is scheduled for this Saturday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Powell. Fetzer was diagnosed with throat cancer in Feb- ruary and had surgery April 15 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. His recovery and length of treatments has forced his retirement as a salesman at Garvin Mo- tors in Powell. iser planned The fundraiser is being held to help with his med- ical and travel expenses. There will be a silent auc- tion, bake sale, face paint- ing and live music per- formed by Craig Olson. Donations for the fund- raiser can be mailed or tak- en to Fetzer's daughter De- jah Helfrich at 234 W. Third St. in Powell. For questions, e-mail Helfrich at dejah_ helfrich@yahoo.com or call 307-202-1754. Bighorn Canyon N RA seeks oral histories Do you have memories about what the Bighorn Riv- er was like before the Yel- lowtail Dam was construct- ed? Did you or someone you know work on the Yellowtail Dam? Did you know Eddy Hulbert or own some of his works? If so mark your calen- dars for Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, when University of Montana grad- uate student Jonathari Hall will be at the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell con- ducting interviews with resi- dents who have information and or stories to share about local history Hall is interested in in- formation in the following ar- eas: 1) history of the Bighorn River and its inhabitants be- fore construction of the dam; 2) building of the Yellowtail Dam; and 3) the life and work of Eddy Hulbert. If you feel you may have information to share regarding these topics please plan on visiting with Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you wish to schedule a specific time to conduct an in- terview with Jonathan Hall please contact the park's co- ordinator for this project, Cindy Norum at 307-548- 5409. This project is a con- tinuation of the River Before the Dam film showing that occurred at the Hyart The- ater in March of 2011. The goal of this project, Bighorn Canyon History: The River Before the Dam, is to form a more complete collection of the history of the area and its residents. For information con- cerning Bighorn Canyon Na- tional Recreation Area, Big- horn Lake, or help planning a visit, visitors may contact the Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 307-548-5406, the Afterbay Contact Station at 406-666- 2452, or visit our website at www.nps.gov/bica. MUSEUM OF AERIAL FIREFIGHTING PRESENTATION June 2 • 7 p.m. Greybull City Hall • 24 South 5th St. A presentation will be held and public input will be accepted for a proposed Museum of Aerial Firefighting designed for the South Big Horn County Airport and the adjacent Wyoming Department of Transportation rest area. All are invited to attend the presentation, review the proposed conceptual plans and feasibility study, ask questions and offer comment about the proposed Museum project. matenals can: :ihtarchs.com/muse i m,aei±fi Join us on the 20th of each month for cookies and punch to celebrate our 20th anniversary! Thank you to our patients [or your continued support and choosing 'Quality Care Close to Home!' BIG HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC 1115 Lane 12 • Love[[, WY • 548-5201 www. n bh h.com .... j, iillllllll ailmlMilmll IMaMlm/l00l i i1 III*00,M|I II'F .......................... -ll00aaiamau