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www. LovellChronicle.com August 5, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 HOUSING the biggest need for homes in the range of $190,000 and up - homes attractive to families moving in or others moving to a larger home. Every home transac- tion typically leads to three others, she said. One thing for the pub- lic to consider, Taylor add- ed, is that the old hospital is "loaded with mold" - an- kle deep in some rooms. She said there is "dangerous" black mold, as well as green mold, and inspectors recom- mended that nobody enter the building without a res- pirator and a hazmat suit. "This is a great opportu- nity to do what we need to do," Morrison said. "We've tried to renovate, work with Elder Care, etc. "Thank you for your interest. It's a great proj- ect. we're here to see it for- ward." Lorece Doerr asked if there would be certain cri- teria to follow for builders and three or four designs to choose from. She said most planned unit developments have four or five plans to choose from depending on a person's needs and bud- get. Taylor said there will be some different plans but also a certain amount of con- tinuity among the homes in terms of materials to help the development look like a community. Fowler suggested that a housing committee be formed to make sure the project is focused on and goes in the right direction, and Morrison said that's why it was turned over to Lovell Inc. Taylor said she would be open to forming a committee for the project. Allred reiterated that the hearing was simply to take input on thegrant ap- plication and that there is still a lot of work to be done and steps to be taken Continued from page 1 before the project comes to :fruition. He said if things go south at any point the proj- ect can be put on hold. Pike and Fowler vol- unteered for the housing committee, as did Ron Mc- Clure. RESOLUTION PASSED After closing the pub- lic hearing, the council con- sidered Resolution 2010-15 authorizing the grant sub- mission to the Wyoming Business Council through the Community Develop- ment Block Grant program. The resolution states that the Town of Lovell will match the grant in kind from real estate given by Elder Care, Inc. to the Town of Lovell with an esti- mated fair market value of $36,780 and Elder Cure's portion of the demolition of a building that straddles property owned by Elder Care and the town, valued at $2,813. Elder Care, Inc. is deeding some 2.45 acres of land to the town for the housing project at no cost in exchange for .46 acres of land to develop as the corporation sees fit on the west end of the property. The grant will also be matched by cash payments for hazardous materials as- sessment -- $720, the cost of promoting and advertis- ing two public meetings -- $398, and asbestos testing of roofing, plaster and ceil- ing panels -- $2,000. The resolution lists the project benefit as: to remove a blighted, unsafe and unsanitary building from a well-established residential area in order to make bare land available for the creation of a senior housing project consist- ing of up to 13 single-level, low-maintenance homes that do not currently exist within the area, with 51 percent of the units (seven) being income restricted. The resolution calls for the town to submit a grant application for $490,974 to the business council as part of phase one estimat- ed to cost $533,685. Lovell Inc. is designated as the organization authorized to answer questions on behalf of the town council on mat- ters relating to the grant application that do not re- quire council action. The most the town could apply for under the CDBG program is $500,000, but if asbestos is found in the plaster and ceiling of the building, the cost of abate- ment of hazardous ma- terials alone could be as high as $454,883, Taylor said, with architectural fees estimated at $195,451 for a total project cost of $650,334. If, however, no asbes- tos is found in the plaster, the abatement cost goes down to $314,624, if there is no asbestos in the ceiling tiles, the estimate is fur- ther reduced to $260,234, and if none is found in roof- ing material, the cost goes down to $210,989. Costs are also lower if the North Big Horn County Landfill will accept material from the demolition and if some of the material from the building could be recycled. Taylor asked if the council could pay for the asbestos testing up front to determine if the project appears to be feasible, but Allred objected, stating that spending money for asbestos testing would be a waste at this point until the grant is approved. After working with numbers on the resolution, the council voted to ap- prove the resolution unan- imously, with Councilman Jodi Lindsay absent. Taylor worked to final- ize the grant submission Friday and it was mailed Saturday by the deadline. In other action Thurs- day, the council discussed the ongoing issue of the town's request for a blink- ing yellow light at the west entrance to town that would warn drivers of the sharp curve at the sugar factory. Morrison and the coun- cil reviewed a letter from WyDOT District Engineer Shelby Carlson that out- lined the issues surround- ing the warning light and placement of the Welcome to Lovell sign, which is ready to be re-installed after repairs. Issues and recommendations brought forth by Carlson include: *Police and highway patrol officers increasing speed control at the curve. *A crash study shows that there have been more westbound crashes over a 15-year period than east- bound crashes. *WyDOT has restriped the eastbound lanes at the curve to even up lane widths and better guide ve- hicles around the curves. ,Chevrons should be placed to warn eastbound drivers of the approach- ing curves. WyDOT recom- mends chevron signs rath- er than the blinking light but will continue to moni- tor the situation. The location of the welcome sign was also dis- cussed, and Morrison not- ed that the sign will be re- placed as an Eagle Scout project, Finally, the council voted to accept an esti- mate from Appraisal West to perform an appraisal of lots at the Lovell Clay Subdivision at $350 each for the first two lots and $50 each for the remaining 11 lots. HUNT THE PETITION The petition states five reasons for asking the com- missioners remove Hunt from office and "declare her office vacant." According to the peti- tion, Abromats cites "Re- spondent's (Hunt's) mis- handling of criminal records data" as one reason. It al- leges that Hunt "exceeded the scope of her authorized access to the NCIC data- base" in March 2007. The incident was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation• While Abromats alleges that the incident violat- ed state statute, no charg- es have ever been filed al- though the Abromatses filed suit in regard to the incident as the records ac- cessed through NCIC were Letitia Abromats'. The second reason is "vindictive and selective prosecution of the petition- er" on which the Abromatses have also filed suit, alleg- ing that Hunt was vindic- tive in refilling a Greybull Municipal Court warrant against Letitia Abromats after it had been dismissed by Greybull attorney Scott McColloch. The charge that was re- filed has been dismissed. According to the peti- tion, "a federal civil rights lawsuit for declaratory and injunctive relief has been brought by Petitioner in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming against (Hunt) and other defendants for violating her federally protected civil rights ... It was set for trial on Aug. 9, 2010, but co-de- fendant (Matt) Miller filed an interlocutory appeal, ef- fectively putting off any tri- al until at least 2011." (See related story on page 5.) The third reason is "closing office in violation of Continued from page 1 state law," and the petition states that Hunt has will- fully closed her office in vio- lation of state law. The pe- tition does not state which law. During a commission- er's meeting last year, the commissioners discussed the office being closed while staff attended the Wyoming County Attorney's conven- tion. Hunt stated that ev- ery department head had access to her through her cell phone. Abromats further al- leges a conflict of interest in the case of a defendant (Quinton Vavra), who was charged with embezzling funds from Big Horn Rural Electric Company. Vavra was ordered to pay resti- tution and placed on pro- bation. Abromats alleges the conflict arose because Vavra was represented by public defender Bill Simp- son, who is also represent- ing Hunt on the lawsuits. The petition further al- leges "exposing the county clerk to a federal contempt citation," although no cita- tion was ever issued. Abro- mats alleges that the coun- ty clerk could have been cited for not responding to a subpoena upon the ad- vice of Hunt and an inde- pendent counsel. Abromats alleges in the petition, that the al- leged violations by Hunt are misdemeanors under 6-5-107(a) (i,iii), which state, "A public servant or public officer commits a misdemeanor punish- able by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), if, with intent to obtain a pecuniary ben- efit or maliciously to cause harm to another, he know- ingly: (i) Commits an unau- thorized act relating to his official duties; (iii) Violates any statute relating to his official duties." MUSTANGS the center s budget, helping to pay for things including providing informa- tion to visitors, projects to benefit the wild horse range and working with the herd. Dillon said a large portion of this year's proceeds will help pay for Continued from page 1 an updated educational packet that the center will design later this year. Meet the Mustangs is the largest local fundraiser, Dillon said. The cen- ter also receives funding through do- nations from newsletter subscribers. The public is also invited to check out the center's new exhibits and gift shop items. For more information, contact the PMWMC at 548-WILD (9453) or visit www.pryormustangs.org. been good :ww!mJ00w! Thursday, August 12, 2010 7 pm Lovell Community Center Sponsored by the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Congressman Cynthia i. Lummis Reforming Congress the Wyoming Way! I ask for your vote on August 17th to Take America Back. Renew Freedom - Stop the heavy hand of Washington from stifling our constitutional rights. Commit to Responsibility - Cut spending and practice fiscal restraint to revitalize American exceptionalism. Expand Opportunity - Unleash the power of entrepreneurial America to help Wyoming families gain economic independence. Not Paid at Government's Expense Primary Election August 17, 2010 Re-elect R. 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