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www. LovellChronicle.com KAILLA POMEROY Olivia Paxton sits alongside her dog during the 4-H dog show Friday at the Big Horn Coun- ty Fair in Basin. POInt,ROY Trinitee Iangston shows off her horse to the judges dul, lng the 4-H intermediate showman- ship class Monday at the Big Horn County Fair. NATHAN OSTR Melissa Bernhisel shows off her smile and her fashion sense at the Big Horn County Fair style review Thursday, July 23. Bernhisel was the grand champion in both the junior ready-to- wear and the junior construction categories. Alumni association invites CC graduates to Thermopolis The Casper College Alumni Association will be in Thermopolis Saturday, Aug. 1 at the VFW Club from 4 to 6 p.m. during Pag- eant Days for a fun and re- laxed visit with friends and graduates of the college from Lovell and the sur- rounding area. According to alumni co- ordinator Linda Nix, activi- ties that day will include a parade at 10 a.m., an all- day craft fair in Hot Springs State Park both Saturday and Sunday, and the Gifts of the Waters Pageant at 7 .m. "We're hoping that some folks from out of town will also take the opportunity to travel to Thermopolis with their families to come to our gathering, enjoy the festiv- ities, and swim in the hot pools," Nix said. The VFW Club is locat- ed at 302 Broadway. Free hors d' oeuvres, lemonade, iced tea and a cash bar will also be available. For more information call Nix at 800-442-2963, Ext. 2218 or email her at alumni@cas- percollege.edu. July 30, 2009 J The Lovell Chronicle J 17 Council seeks more chicken comments and/or petition for possible vote By David Peck The Love]] Town Coun- cil decided Monday night that they aren't entirely against allowing chickens in town, but if it's going to happen, they need to see much more support from the public. ReaCting to a request from Ryan Mangus at the July 14 council meeting to allow citizens to house and raise chickens in town, council members discussed the matter at some length during a work meeting Monday but said they didn't have enough public input to proceed. Town Administrator Bart Grant said the council members agreed that they hadn't received any public input in favor of the idea but agreed to allow advo- cates to provide a show of support for the idea. The council said that if enough people sign a petition, the matter could be placed on the ballot during either the primary or the general election in 2010 as a refer- endure. In other business Mon- day, the council held a spe- cial meeting and passed on third and final reading Or- dinance 895, which prohib- its U-turns in town where posted. The ordinance states that in areas not posted, a U-turn would be allowed if it can be complet- ed without interfering with traffic and if the U-turn can be completed in one contin- uous motion without strik- ing the curb. An ordinance to mod- ify the existing town code regarding the discharge of firearms in town had been tabled at the July 14 coun- cil meeting, and Grant said the council declined to take it from the table on Mon- day night. Therefore, the ordinance died for lack of a motion. The ordinance would have added air guns, B-B guns and pellet guns to the list of "firearms" not al- lowed to be discharged in town. A request from County Commissioner Keith Grant for the council to declare its disinterest in a short sec- tion of former state high- way land in front of Dale Walker's Mustang Auto building on East Main was acted upon by the council, which passed a motion that the town is not interested in taking ownership of the land. Grant explained that the road in front of the Mustang Auto building be- tween the wild horse stat- ue and the building where Walker has parked cars for sale over the years was, at one time, the state highway leading out of town. When the new highway was built, ownership of the road shift- ed to the county. Walker believed he had the proper paperwork completed to own the land, Grant said, but at the urg- ing of Commissioner Grant the current trickle-down process of interest in the road moving from county to town to private ownership was begun. In other action Mon- day: The council voted to purchase a temporary ease- ment for $1,700 from Dr. Scott P. Welch for land just east of the million-gallon water tank above Lovell Middle School as part of the new transmission line project. The council instruct- ed Grant to seek proposals from local contractors for dirt work on the commu- nity center parking lot that would remove and trans- port gravel for a new park- ing area at the East Little League baseball park and, at the same time, prepare for the community center parking lot to be paved. The paving project is cur- rently out for bid. The council instruct- ed Grant to examine town ordinances regarding dogs and cats to see if they can be tightened up and made more restrictive in light of concerns expressed at the July 14 meeting by Animal Control Officer Phil AngeU. Town policies re- garding insufficient funds checks and making cop- ies were discussed Mon- day and will be developed, Grant said. The council worked on community center fees and policies, Grant said, tweak- ing the fees and rules a bit after examining the poli- cies of the Powell Commons and the Worland Commu- nity Center. Hoping that they won't need it, the council discussed the need for a reduction in force policy in case a sudden downturn in the economy forced large budget cuts. "I don't think at this point that we even need to do something like that, but if our budget was to be cut in half, we don't have the mechanism to do so (lay off employees)," Grant said. Grant said a pre-con- struction meeting for the Southwest/Transmission Line water and sewer proj- ect has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5, and a notice to proceed could be issued that day. He said tentative plans are for the contractor to begin milling asphalt on Shoshone Ave- nue on Aug. 10. MDU Gas Cost Increase PUBLIC NOTICE The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) gives notice that Montana Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) has applied for authority to pass on a wholesale gas cost increase of $0.222 per decatherm (Dth) to Residential, Firm General Service and Small and Large Interruptible customers and an increase of $0.226 per Dth to Optionei! Seasonal customers. The increase for all classes of customers is primariiy due to higher projected gas costs in July 2009 and an increase in the demandfor electric generation using natural gas. MDU states the proposed increase will affect all customers in MDU's Wyoming service territory, and it is proposed to go into effect for usage on and after July 1, 2009. The proposed pass-on will result in an estimated increase of $10,700 in its revenues during July 2009, based upon estimated sales volumes for the month. MDU's current and proposed rates for its Residential customers, stated in dollars per Dth, are: Tariff Item Proposed Current Net Cost Cost Change Purchased Gas Cost $4.142 $3.920 $0.222 Surcharge Adjustment $1.183 $1.183 $0.000 (CBA) Non-Core Revenue Credit -$0.101 -$0.101 $0.000 *Total Purchased Gas $5.224 $5.002 $0.222 Cost Distribution Delivery $0.633 $0.633 $0.000 Charge Conservation Tracking $0.005 $0.005 $0.000 !Adjustment Total Gas Cost $5.862 $5.640 $0.222 *The Total Purchased Gas Cost for the Large and Small Interruptible customer classes is the same as shown in the table except the Non- Cowley Land Annex Hearinsr NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the governing body of the Town of Cowley, Wyoming at 7:00 p.m. on the 2"P day of August, 2009 at the Cowley Town Hall, the purpose of which is to consider the proposed annexation of land into the Town of Cowley. The proposed annexation is shown on the accompanying map. The purpose of the annexation is to promote natural, geographical, economical and social development of the Town of Cowley. This annexation will provide the necessary protection of the health, safety and welfare of the persons who now reside in the existing Town, and who will reside in the annexed area. An annexation report has been prepared and is available from the Town Clerk upon written request. Estimated costs to existing individual landowners are negligible. All basic services the Town of Cowley offers will be made available to the proposed annexation. Tax mill levies for the proposed annexation will be the same as for the existing Town No infrastructure improvements to the existing Town to accommodate this annexation are anticipated. Written requests for a legal description, land ownership and annexation report should be directed to Town Clerk, Town of Cowley, P.O. Box 635, Cowley, WY 82420. ! ,,. ,I: TOWN OF COWLEY Roland Simmons, Mayor Publish: July 30 & August 6, 2009 Core Revenue Credit of $0.101 per Dth is eliminated. The Total Purchased Gas Cost for the Interruptible customer classes is $5.325 per Dth. The proposed increase in rates will result in an increase of $0.38 or 1.73% for the average residential customer using 1.7 Dths in July 2009. Actual bills will vary with usage. Sections 249 and 250 of the Commission's Rules allow a utility to pass on to its customers known or prospective wholesale commodity cost increases or decreases, subject to public notice, opportunity for hearing and refund. MDU's application is on file in its business office in Sheridan, Wyoming, and at the Commission's offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and may be inspected by any interested person during regular business hours. Anyone desiring to file a statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must so file, in writing, with the Commission on or before August 28, 2009. The petition shall set forth the grounds of the proposed intervention or request for hearing and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding. If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing that you will attend, and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711. Please mention Docket No. 30013-219-GP-09 in your communications. Dated: July 27, 2009. Publish: July 30 & August 6, 2009 Basin Ci Arts Center LI.orade Bids CALL FOR BIDS City of Basin Basin City Arts Center Structural Upgrade/Elevator Package This Project consists of the addition of a new three stop elevator and a complete structural upgrade for an existing three (3) story building originally built in 1916. Work also included but not limited to is as fol- lows: electrical, mechanical, minor fire sprinkler alterations, carpet, base, painting, doors, frames, metal framing, GWB finishing, masonry, and concrete work., as well as other Work as defined by the Contract Documents. Copies of the Contract Documents will be on file after July 27, 2009, and open to public inspection in the office of Plan One/Architects, 1001 12th Street, Cody, WY. Bidders may obtain one (1) set of Contract Documents from the office of the Architect; upon deposit of $50.00 (make checks payable to Plan One). A refund of deposits may be obtained by returning the Contract Documents in good condition within seven (7) days after the Proposals have been opened. A project walk-thru is mandatory for all bidding prime contractors. Sub- Contractors and Vendors are welcome but not required. One walk-thru will be held on Wednesday August 5, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. Meet at the project site - 117 South 4th Street, Basin, WJoming. All proposals must be accompanied by. a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum amount of the proposal. Successful bidder to provide a 100% Performance and Payment Bond. Preference shall be given to Wyoming Contractors as defined by Wyoming Statutes, 1977, Section 16-6-101, in accordance with the provisions of Section 16-6-102. At: tention is also called to the provisions of Section 16-6-103 with respect to sub-contractors by a successful bidder. The Owner reserves the privilege of rejecting any or all proposals, or waiving any irregularities or formalities in any proposal in the bidding. Submit written proposals to: Plan One/Architects, 1001 12th Street Cody, Wyoming 82414. Sealed proposals marked "City Arts Center- Structural Upgrade/Elevator Package" on the outside of the envelope must be received by 5:00 P.M. August 17, 2009. Dated July 24, 2009 City of Basin - City Arts Center Mark Hillman - Consultant Publish: July 30, August 6 & 13, 2009