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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I June 18, 2015 Lisa Dickerson, Jill Hitz and Kristi Schneider prepare meals during the Lovell Senior League Baseball rib dinner Saturday evening at the Lovell Fire Hall. As usual, moms and dads jumped in to help the players raise money for the program. DAVID PECK PHOTO Perkins wins Montana rodeo, title Shawn Perkins of Rob- tional High School Rodeo been selected for induction of Lovell and Mariah and erts, Mont., won the Mon- to be held in Rock Springs into the Wyoming Cowboy Luke Holdbrook of Rob- tana State High School July 12-19. Perkins recent- Hall of Fame in Septem- erts. Lovellites Gerald and Rodeo championship in ly completed his sopho- ber. He is also the cousin Mary Lou Perkins, Vern bareback at the state finals more year at Roberts High of Cowley's JR Vezain, who and Kim Decker of Cody in Kalispell last weekend. School. has won many rodeo titles, and Everett and Kelly The win qualifies him His grandfather, Ger- Shawn is the son of Vezain of Red Lodge are his to participate at the Na- ald Perkins of Lovell, has Andy and Becky Perkins grandparents. Mudcats drop two to Cody BY SAM SMITH couple of weeks. If we get to The North Big Horn where we are playing loose Mudcats dropped two and having fun, we will games to Cody Monday in win some games again in- Cody. stead of letting them slide NBH fell to Cody in the through our fingers." first game 10-3. Now 4-5 on the sea- "We haven't been play- son, the Mudcats will face ing our best, obviously," the Powell No. 1 team in coach Braden Hitz said. Cowley today (Thursday) "Cody is a good team, but at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the we gave away the first one." Buffalo Babe Ruth team The Mudcats fell to comes to Cowley for a dou- Cody in the second game bleheader at noon and 3 8-3. p.m. "We decided to move On Monday, the Mud- some players around for cats will travel to Powell the second game to try for a doubleheader with the and gain some depth in Powell No. 1 team at 5:30 other positions," Hitz and 7:30 p.m. said. "Ethan Hessenthal- Loss in Worland er showed me he can do NBH fell to Worland well on the mound and 8-7 Friday inWorland. Zane Hitz is growing as a "We played really well catcher, and led 7-2 going into the "I've been demanding a bottom of the seventh," lot from them and I think Hitz said. "But then our we aren't having as much youth showed a bit and we fun as we were the first couldn't hold on." Town of Lovell MINUTES OF THE TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING HELD JUNE 9, 2015 AT 7:00 P.M. AT LOVELL TOWN HALL. Present: Mayor Angel Montanez, Council Members: Brian Dick- son, Bruce Wolsey, and Kevin Jones. Others present: Clerk/Trea- surer Valerie Beal, Attorney Sandra Kitchen, Ed Allred, Sylvia Gams, Daniel Mills Sr., David Peck, Doug Savage Jr., Sue Taylor, Adrian Flood, Shane Pitt, Steve Allred, Salvador Salgado Hurtado, Na'ahma Golden. With a quorum present, Mayor Angel Montanez called the meet- ing to order and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Scott Allred was excused from the meeting. Mayor Angel Montanez explained we had received a letter from the Chamber of Commerce with the names of six board members vol- unteering to serve on the Lodging Tax Board. One other individual had expressed interest in serving on the seven member board. Coun- cil expressed their thank you to the board members for volunteering but wanted to get additional public input. With the lodging tax funds being distributed through the Chamber of Commerce they wanted to avoid any conflict of interest concerns. Brian Dickson made a motion to table the appointments for the Lodging Tax Board until gathering additional information. Second by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Na'ahma Golden, representing Experience Works; an agency as- sisting older people through training, community service and employ- ment, explained their program and how it can advocate for individuals 55 years old and up. She is looking for host agencies and requested any help possible in providing her contact information to interested individuals. Daniel Mills Sr. expressed dissatisfaction with the City Council in not assisting the Mayor with doing anything. He also expressed his concern that town vehicles were used for personal use, his concern in not seeing the mosquito sprayer out, and also not checking on or follow up on complaints. He suggested a written record be instituted. He also expressed his thought that the Town should find a different newspaper to represent the Town that is not biased. Adrian Flood congratulated the Town on a job well done on the Jersey Avenue Storm Drain Project. He asked about the status of the drainage on south Nevada Avenue by the Hospital Clinic. Councilman Brian Dickson explained the drainage problem and the topography of the land. He also explained the engineers are looking into alterna- tive types of drains that could be incorporated into the proposed new water tower project when the street is worked on for the water lines. MINUTES: Brian Dickson made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 12, 2015. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held May 19, 2015. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Kevin Jones made a motion to approve the minutes of the Work Meeting held May 19, 2015. Second by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to approve the minutes of the Work Meeting held June 2, 2015. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Councilman Brian Dickson reported the Storm Drain Project on Jersey Avenue has been completed with the exception of some final fencing and landscaping to touch up. The deadline for substantial completion for the WYDOT Main Street Project is June 10, 2015. He estimated traffic controls on Main Street and Jersey Avenue could be removed by the end of the week. The Town has no say in any WYDOT extensions on the project. Sue Taylor, Lovell Inc. Director, presented a handout to Council outlining the various projects, steps taken, results or current status of the projects Lovell Inc. has been working on over the period of 2008 through 2015 for their review. With the Senior Housing project as a priority project for the Town, she will contact the funding agency about reducing the restrictions to encourage the development of hous- ing. She reported funding efforts for "Grow Big Horn County" have also been pursued by working with other area towns and with Big Horn County, but with their lack of support Lovell Inc.'s efforts will refocus on the Town of Lovell. The budget appropriation funding sup- port is appreciated. Sue recognized that ways to fund communities are limited and without an organization like Lovell Inc. the increased revenues attributed to a healthy business infrastructure and business volume can be difficult to maintain. She discussed the reasons for and needs for surveys and plans when applying for grants and fund- ing assistance, specifically noting the safe routes to school projects and housing assessments. The Master Plan adopted in 2006 stated the need to organize a local economic development corporation. She requested the opportunity to meet with the Mayor and Councilman Bruce Wolsey to discuss realistic steps for continued economic devel- opment efforts. Municipal Court Judge Sylvia Gams reviewed a letter outlining payment procedures for fines and a collection process she would like to implement within the court system. Challenges facing the court in the collection of fines were discussed. Procedures for using a collec- tion agency, a contract payment request, and write-off procedure for uncollectable fines were presented. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to support the plan of action for the Municipal Court collections. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal reported discussion with Tim An- derson with Stockman Bank regarding the donation of a piece of prop- erty to the Town. If the Town is interested the bank is requesting that the Town pay for the fees associated with the transfer of the property estimated at around $500. Council requested additional information on the value of the land, the market value of the property and the yearly tax amount. Legal Counsel recommended a title policy on the property if Council wished to proceed. ORDINANCE 932 providing for the annual appropriation of the Town for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 was read by title and presented by Attorney Sandra Kitchen on second reading. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to approve Ordinance 932 on second reading. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. ORDINANCE 933 providing for the annual tax levy of the Town for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 was read by title and presented by Attorney Sandra Kitchen on sec- ond reading. Kevin Jones made a motion to approve Ordinance 933 on second reading. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Council reviewed the Certificate of Substantial Completion for McCollam Service & Construction as recommended by Engineer Wil- lie Bridges for the LoveU Camper Park Project. It was explained there is still some work to be completed on the gravel roadway by the town crews but the building and picnic shelter met substantial completion by McCollam Service. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to accept the Certificate of Substantial Completion and authorize the Mayor to sign it. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to advertise for final payment for McCollam Service & Construction for the retainage balance of $4058.90. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. NEW BUSINESS: Council reviewed a Project Agreement with Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) for the Lovell Tank/Zone2 Im- provement Project. Councilman Brian Dickson explained the grant award provides for 67% of the project up to $2,401,950. He explained the WWDC had already contributed around $100,000 to commission a water master plan that showed the recommendation of a new water tank to be located on the upper bench to assist with pressure and fire protection needs. It would also include a SCADA telemetry system as recommended by Shoshone Municipal Pipeline representative Don Richards. Councilman Dickson proposed to seek a grant of approxi- mately $600,000 from State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) to be matched with $600,000 Town Construction and Water Funds for the remaining 33% of the project. Mayor Montanez suggested purchasing a generator, replacing the pumps and continuing to use the current water tanks as another option. Council suggested having a comment period to gather additional information on the project. Council reviewed the bids received for the advertised surplus property. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to accept the bid from Dale Walker of $750 for the 2004 Impala, Trendsetter's bid of $55.55 for the diaphragm pump, Jake Walker's bid of $655 for the JD 125 Mower, Trendsetter's bid of $666.66 for the JD1993 F935 Mower, and Brent Wardell's bid of $50 for the assorted block. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Information on the agreement with Big Horn School District #1 to provide a School Resource Officer was not yet received. Kevin Jones made a motion to table discussion on the agreement. Second by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. ORDINANCE 934 granting Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) the franchise and right to construct, maintain and operate, within and upon, in and under the streets and alleys of the Town of Lovell, a gas distribution system for transmitting and distributing natural or manufactured gas or a mixture of both for public and private use was read by title and presented by Sandra Kitchen. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to approve Ordinance 934 on first reading and to post at Town Hall in lieu of reading it in full. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. Council reviewed the grant agreement for the 2015 West Nile Virus Prevention Program with the Wyoming Department of Agricul- ture in the amount of $8,700. Kevin Jones made a motion to approve the mosquito program grant and authorize the Mayor to sign it. Sec- ond by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. Council discussed the debt reserve funds and the process to re- pay the revenue bond. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to begin the process for the revenue bond repayment. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal requested a letter to First Bank of Wyoming for the closing of an account no longer needed. Brian Dick- son made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the letter for closing the account at First Bank of Wyoming. Second by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. Council considered a request by Dave Phelps for costs incurred during construction of an underground drain line that broke the top of his sewer line in the street. He requested $350.00 for using a camera on the line and $85.00 for digging for a total of $435.00. Legal Counsel was requested to prepare a release for the final settlement. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to authorize reimbursement to Dave Phelps for $435 with the signing of the release certifying payment. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. Council discussed the closure of Nevada Avenue from 3rd Street to Main Street for the Strong Man Competition on Tuesday, June 23rd during Mustang Days. They requested the Police Department be notified of the closure. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to permit the closure of Nevada Avenue north of Main Street to 3rd Street from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 23, 2015. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. GENERAL INFORMATION: Bills were presented for payment. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to approve the bills for payment. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. 360 OFFICE SOLUTIONS INC .............................................. 23.31 AFLAC WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS ............................. 515.54 ALLRED, EDWARD A. ................................................................ 17.47 ALSCO ......................................................................................... 153.41 AVE RETF, WADE ....................................................................... 375.00 BANK OF LOVELL ............................................................... 26,939.29 BIG HORN COUNTY SOLID WASTE ................................ 15,505.90 BIG HORN FEDERAL ............................................................... 166.67 BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD ............................................ 25,607.49 BRINK INC, GARY ...................................................................... 98.00 BROSIUS, TIMOTHY ............................................................. 2,690.69 CASELLE INC ......................................................................... 1,020.00 CIRCUIT COURT NATRONA COUNTY ................................ 780.00 CITY SUPPLY ............................................................................... 32.60 CK HARDWARE ......................................................................... 545.35 CNA SURETY ............................................................................. 250.00 COPENHAVER KATH KITCHEN ........................................ 1,697.25 DOWL ..................................................................................... 40,330.79 EARL, JOYCE ............................................................................. 128.66 FIRST BANK OF WYOMING ............................................... 2,416.71 GALLS INC ................................................................................. 209.41 GAMS, SYLVIA ........................................................................... 117.58 GARCIA, ILDA. ............................................................................. 68.27 GREAT WEST FINANCIAL ................................................... 1,030.00 GREENHOUSE GARDENS ................................................... 2,432.75 HANSON CHEMICAL INC ........................................................ 61.07 HILTON GARDEN INN ............................................................ 166.00 HISER, STACEY ......................................................................... 350.00 INTER-MOUNTAIN LABS INC ............................................ 1,143.17 JAMESON, MICHAEL ................................. : ......................... 1,200.00 JOHNSON, CASSY ...................................................................... 50.00 JOLLEY, JASON ......................................................................... 723.60 K-B COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS .............................................. 48.94 KEELE SANITATION LLC .................................................... 1,650.80 LOVELL BUILDING CENTER ................................................... 61.01 LOVELL CHRONICLE ........................................................... 1,543.25 LOVELL FFA ........................................................................... 1,500.00 LOVELL RECREATION DISTRICT ........................................ 201.69 LOVELL VETERINARY SERVICE ............................................ 14.00 MAYES FABRICS ......................................................................... 10.99 M_AYES, NEIL ............................................................................. 140.00 MCCOLLAM SERVICE AND CONSTRUCTION ............. 26,462.27 MIDWEST FENCE COMPANY ............................................ 1,093.00 MILLER'S FABRICATION INC ............................................. 1,405.55 MINCHOW'S FOOD COURT .................................................... 26.07 MINCHOW'S SERVICE LLC ................................................. 2,491.61 MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES ........................................... 244.57 NORTH BIG HORN HOSPITAL .............................................. 122.00 NORTHWEST RURAL WATER DISTRICT .............................. 44.00 OFFICE SHOP ............................................................................. 98.90 ONE - CALL OF WYOMING ...................................................... 13.50 OWENS, KRISTIN .................................................................. 1,122.41 POSTMASTER ................................................................. .' ......... 372.32 QUALITY PROPANE SERVICE INC .................... ..................... 45.00 RED APPLE SUPERMARKET ................................................. 119.95 ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER .............................................. 5,819.23 ROSE CITY LANES LLC ............................................................. 34.50 SAVAGE, ROBYN ....................................................................... 200.00 SHOSHONE MUNICIPAL PIPELINE ................................ 21,072.02 SLATER, LARRY ........................................................................ 476.00 TCT WEST INC .......................................................................... 969.06 TECHNICAL EDGE CONSULTING ..................................... 1,988.00 THACKERAY, AMANDA .......................................................... 113.13 TOWN OF LOVELL ................................................................... 187.03 TRANS UNION RIST AND ................................... . ................... 300.00 VALLEY MOTOR SUPPLY CO ................................................. 556.45 VARNEY CLEAN CARE INC ................................................. 1,150.00 VISA ............................................................................................. 646.45 WALKEI LEWIS B ................................................................... 369.95 WOMACI BETHANY .............................................................. 170.04 WRIGHT EXPRESS ................................................................ 1,264.91 WYDOT-FINANCIAL SERVICES ..................................... 306,314.40 WYO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT ........................... 838.00 WYO DEPT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES ......................... 3,674.81 WYO LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADAMY .............................. 250.00 WYO PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION .............................. 100.00 WYO RETIREMENT SYSTEM ........................................... 12,384.94 .WYOMING NCPERS - 851 .......................................................... 48.00 Grand Totals: ....................................................................... 524,604.73 Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal reported receiving communica- tions from the Recycling Committee for the recycling survey to insert in the utility bills, a request from the Powell family regarding a memo- rial, a request to participate in a Campground Directory, and a copy of the weed/junk vehicle letter list for Council to review. Public Works Supervisor Doug Savage reported the new garbage truck is expected to be delivered on Wednesday, June 10th. He also reported the booster pump on the hill is back from repair and opera- tional. He reported Dave Rodriquez made a request to repair an area of his driveway approximately 8 feet by 6 feet where a meter pit was installed in his driveway during an earlier water project. Council re- quested photos of the area and a quote for consideration. Doug also reported on the status of the land drain on Road 12 and that with the Town only responsible for the drain within the Town limits the drain- age district might also participate with the costs. Council directed Doug to obtain a rough estimate of costs from Andy Mattie, DOWL Engineer. Doug also reported he will work to get an estimate for the gas line to the animal shelter. Also discussed was the need to consider adding to the garbage personnel in preparation of the retirement of the current employee. A letter stating a final retirement date should be submitted to the council and then plans to advertise the position would go forward. Councilman Kevin Jones reported leaving a message with Signs of Montana to find out the status of the sign for the Community Center and will contact them again. The concrete was poured and should be ready for installation. Brian Dickson made a motion to include the recycling survey in the next utility bills. Second by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. Councilman Jones also urged citizens to fill out the survey that will be arriving with the utility bills regarding the recycling pro- posal and get the information back for the Council to consider. Mayor Montanez reported that currently the shifts of the police department are being covered by the staff and Dan Anderson is cur- rently helping in an advisory position. He is proposing to hire i officer plus a police chief and an animal control officer. Currently the police are picking up the animals and the summer parks crew is handling the coverage and cleaning at the animal shelter. A Special Meeting was scheduled for June 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for the 3rd and final reading of the budget and tax levy ordinances. Councilman Brian Dickson asked to be excused from that meeting. Brian Dickson made a motion at 9:10 p.m. to recess the Regular Meeting and reconvene in Executive Session pursuant to W. S. 16-4- 405-(a) (vii) to discuss site selection or purchase of real estate. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. Regular Meeting was reconvened at 9:20 p.m. With no additional action, Bruce Wolsey made a motion to adjourn. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Pending Approval: Mayor Angel J. Montanez ATI'EST: Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal Publish: June 18, 2015