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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 10, 2015 DAVID PECK Afternoon light bathes the walls of Big Horn Canyon on a recent Sunday afternoon. A photographer found glassy water on Big Horn Lake near where the Layout Creek drainage enters the canyon. yron s BY BOB RODRIGUEZ A full house audience sat in stunned silence in the Byron Town Hall on Thursday night, Sept. 3, as they thought that the belea- guered Recreation Depart- ment would be discussed during a special meeting, only to be told that it could not be held because of an in- correct legal notice as to the intention of the gathering. Mayor Heidi Bright- ly brought the l 1-minute meeting to order for the au- dience of some 45 persons with the comment that the session was called by the last week. The council ap- parently was not seeking a new ordinance, but the chance to clarify points of an existing ordinance covering various appointments and the authority behind them. Bair and the mayor each took responsibility for the lack of communication and apologized to the audi- ence. In a related matter the mayor was taken to task by Councilor Sydney Hessen- thaler for the town not get- ting the agenda to her and her fellow council members prior to the meeting. She the scheduled summer ac- tivities," she said. "Howev- er, we have met as a com- mittee and have advertised and posted our meetings. In the nine months that Hei- di has been mayor, she has attended one Rec meeting early on and she has not participated in any event sponsored by the Rec during her tenure. "She requested a list of committee members, vol- unteers, policies and proce- dures and has been given all requested information several times. It would citizens who use the facili- ty, whether it be the weight room, the dance fitness classes, the kids programs, or the senior luncheon will be able to continue with their schedule program as usual. Our current adviso- ry committee has only been working together less than a year and members are perplexed by the mayor's arbitrary actions and lack of concern or interest in feed- back from the many people in the community who par- ticipate with the recreation department on a regular and Bair are of the opinion seem if there was a concern basis." council. Byron Police Offi- that if prior notice to them on her part about the Rec Summer Lofgran, a cer Noe Garcia and part- had been provided soon programs, she would have dance instructor for the Rec, enough they would have seen the discrepancy. The mayor countered that when Bair came to the Town Hall to talk about the meeting and the agenda he should have seen the posting on the front door, and she believed that what was posted was what the council wanted. After 11 minutes Bair abruptly stated, "I move to adjourn," which caused several in the audience to protest, saying that they wanted to speak. Hessen- thaler seconded Bair's mo- tion and Brightly ended the gathering. With regard to the em- battled Rec, after Brightly announced last week that she was firing all staff and instructors, a statement was issued by Pam Hopkin- son, chairman of the Rec Advisory Committee. "The volunteer commit- tee and others were very busy with Byron Days and called us in or come to a committee meeting to share her concerns so that we would have the opportunity to address them. As it is, we have no idea what it is she wants from us or why she would dismantle a success- ful department of the town. We have several contracts that need to be fulfilled in- volving our location, and each and every member has signed a contract; the Lovell School District uses the gym twice a week for their dance team. "We have scheduled classes and asked teach- ers at their own expense to become certified so that we can offer the many fit- ness opportunities that we do. We have turned in a full page of proposed activities for all members of our com- munity, preschool through senior citizens, as well as a detailed budget for the com- ing year. We hope that the said after the meeting that as far as she can tell, she is the only one of three dance teachers terminated by the mayor. Her feeling is that some sort of vendetta is oc- curring and she said that she is compiling detailed information about certain incidents during the past eight months that could in- dicate a campaign. Regarding her unilat- eral action last week, the mayor said that she is "do- ing what I feel is best for the town" and that the advisory committee and others in the Rec have not been coopera- tive with her. Brightly add- ed that "some in the commu- nity" seem to want different programs than what is of- fered and that those in the Rec "have a personal agen- da." The mayor also noted that, "I've given them eight months to work with me; this (the Rec) is not their own world." time Officer JeffAngel stood by at the rear of the room. Councilor Alan Bair stated that the meeting could not be held because of"a discon- nect (regarding) the inten- tion" for it, especially due to the incorrect announce- ment: "First reading of an ordinance to formally create a Town of Byron Recreation Department." Bair continued that "on advice of legal counsel be- cause proper notice was not given, we can't approve the agenda and we can't have this meeting. I feel bad and I don't wish to cast any shad- ows." He indicated that be- cause the reason for the spe- cial session "was not posted properly" there could not be a meeting. He said that there was a gap in commu- nication between him and the mayor as to the intent of what the council wanted to address regarding the Rec, which Brightly dismantled Plant now BY MELINDA MYERS Don't pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the land- scape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immedi- ate and long-term beauty to your garden. Add cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons, ornamental kale and stocks to brighten the fall garden. Consider adding cold hardy pansies. They provide color in the fall garden, survive most winters, and are back blooming in the spring just as the snow melts. Fall is also a good time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs. The soil is warm and the air cooler, so the plants are less stressed and establish more quickly. Select plants suited to the growing conditions and be sure to give them plenty of room to reach their mature size. Plant trees so the root flare, the place where the roots curve away from the trunk, is even with the soil surface. Dig a hole, the same depth as the root ball and two to five times wid- er. Roughen the sides of the hole and backfill it with the existing soil. Water thor- oughly and spread a two to three inch layer of mulch over the soil surface, keep- ing the mulch away from the tree trunk. Follow a similar plant- ing procedure for shrubs. Plant these so the crown, the place where the stems meet the roots, is even with the soil surface. And be sure to keep the mulch away from the stems. Plant daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs in fall for extra color next spring. Set the bulbs at a depth of two to three times their height deep. Then cover them with soil and sprinkle on a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite (milorganite. com). This organic nitro- gen fertilizer promotes root- ing without stimulating fall growth subject to winterkill. Start planting spring flowering bulbs after the nighttime temperatures hover between 40 and 50 de- grees. Be patient - waiting now and until the soil cools reduces the risk of early sprouting that often occurs during a warm fall. Those tired of battling the animals may want to plant resistant bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths, Frit- illaria, alliums, Camassia, glory-of-the snow, snow- drops, squills and grape hy- acinths. You may find it is easier to avoid the problem than battle the animals with repellents and scare tactics. Plant a few short sea- son vegetables in your gar- den for fresh-from-the gar- den flavor this fall. Simply count the days from plant- ing to the average first fall frost to determine how many growing days are left in your area. Select vegetables that will mature and can be har- vested in that amount of time. Leaf lettuce, spinach, mustard greens, radishes and carrots are fast grow- ing, cool weather tolerant vegetables that make great additions to the fall garden and your dinner plate. Get these vegetables off to a good start with a side dressing of low nitrogen fer- in the tilizer. Incorporate it into the soil prior to planting or sprinkle a narrow band along the row of plants. This organic nitrogen will provide needed nutrients without damaging the ten- der seedlings. Extend the harvest sea- son with the help of floating row covers. These fabrics allow air, light and water through while trapping the heat around the plants. No construction is needed; just loosely cover the plants with the fabric, secure the edges with pipes, boards or land- scape staples and let the plants provide the support. So be sure to get a jump on next spring's garden sea- son with a bit of fall plant- ing now. Gardening expert, TV/ radio host, author & col- umnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of hor- ticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books. Myers is also a colum- nist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms maga- zine. Myers" web site, www. melindamyers.com, offers gardening videos and tips. Werner: Fair went well this year BY TAMMY THORNBERRY Maintenance direc- tor Fred Werner told the Big Horn County commis- sioners during their Au- gust meeting that he felt this year's fair was very successful. "It went really well. There were no major is- sues," he said. "Everyone was happy ... I was real- ly proud of the volunteers and superintendents of the different classes." Werner went on to say that Pepsi had donat- ed a three-door cooler that was used for cakes, baked goods and flowers which was of great help. Blair's Market in Greybull is go- ing to be remodeling and may have coolers for sale that the county could buy, he added. Commissioner Felix Carrizales said he attends many sales where alumi- num benches may be pur- chased for use in the fair- ground sales arena in the future. Werner replied that currently the school in Basin loans benches to be used during the fair and if a new school is built, the county may be interested in buying them also. However, there are still electrical issues to be worked out, as there was not enough power for the vendors and events, Wer- ner concluded. In other business: An auditor from the James Reilly C.P.A. firm asked the commissioners if they were aware of any fraud taking place. There was no answer by the com- mission. County Clerk Lori Smallwood explained the question is asked of all elected officials and de- partment heads as part of the annual audit. While performing the usual bills payable task, the commission questioned Deputy Clerk Marquerite VanDyke whether Visa and Mastercard bills are being closely monitored. She replied yes, but she was awaiting documenta- tion from one office. torney was presented for signature. It was noted by the commission this has al- ways been done such as in the case of former Deputy Marcy Argeris. Discussion was held concerning recent inter- action with the Bureau of Land Management about the Resource Management Plan. Environmental Re- search Group (ERG), a contractor from Missoula, Mont., has been hired to provide technical data. Patriot Day on Sept. 11, in honor of those who were killed or injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks, was discussed. A resolution to trans- fer $23,843 in funds from the Wyoming Department of Health to the county Eb- ola unit was approved. It is a "pass-through" fund from the state to the county, Smallwood explained, not an expense. Big Horn County As- sessor Gina Anderson and Deputy Marj Graham de- scribed the 2015-2016 Irri- gation and Drainage Bud- get Amounts to the board. A resolution concerning the same was adopted. Anderson said that al- though the county doesn't receive any payment as it is collected from the dis- tricts and passed on, it cre- ates a lot more work. "This is another one of these things about Big Horn County that is unique in that we have more irriga- tion districts than any oth- er county in the state and yet being one of the poor- est counties, we are still mandated with collecting this money," Commission- er John Hyde commented. Joe Sylvester, Kris- ti Bonnel-Phillips, Judy Jordan and Director Cyn- thia Johnson representing the South Big Horn Coun- ty Senior Citizens Center appeared before the board to explain upgrades need- ed to correct problems with heating and cooling issues with the building. Sy!yes- ter suggested a 50/50 cost share with the county for It was noted that fuel the project. bills have gone up for the Johnson said Big Horn sheriff's office due to more trips-back and forth to Lovell to help cover law en- forcement due to the short- age-of manpower in the Lovell Police Department. Carrizales commend- ed Airport Manager Carl Meyer for wisely using funds for fuel, filling tanks and reselling it. A certificate of com- pletion from the Wyoming Business Council was signed for. the Economic Development Plan Project. A resolution for a full-time deputy county at- Heating and Cooling of Worland has been ex- tremely helpful and rea- sonably priced for issues that have arisen. Carriza- les commented that anoth- er company out of Billings had been very expensive to utilize. The project would be advertised for bids, ac- cording to Johnson. Grant money is available to apply for, Smallwood said. Com- mission Chairman Jerry Ewen suggested energy ef- ficiency such as insulation should be looked at to bol- ster a grant application.