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September 22, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 13 l BY KARLA POMEROY unitize the area, but first we have tosites among the 4,250 acres. One site, The Big Horn County commis- pool these minerals with the existing in the middle of Big Horn Lake, was sioners approved an oil and gas lea- production." not included on the map with itbeing se agreement with Legacy ReservesHe said the company will enter unlikely to be developed. Operating LP and the lease will be- into "good faith negotiations" with The other site, also unlikely to be come the standard agreement for the NEPECO for pooling and if negotia- developed, was included and is in the county, tions failed, they would work on force Greybull Heights, but is a small par- Legacy Reserves Business Unit pooling through the Oil and Gas Com- cel, Waller said. Leader Tom Fitzsimmons came to mission. "I hope it doesn't get thatWaller said the map will provi- the commissioners Sept. 6 ready far," he added, de a quick reference for companies to sign the agreement. He said the According to oil-gas-leases.com, looking to lease mineral rights in the agreement would be recorded once a "Pooling is the consolidation and com- county. A disclaimer will be included similar agreement was reached with bining of leased land with adjoining with the maps that any potential lea- the Cowley Drainage District, which leased tracts. The area is called a pool se agreement would require a compa- also owns minerals under the sameor a unit. Pooling has the benefit to ny to conduct its own research regar- property. Commissioner Keith Grant the production company of unitingding the mineral rights. said the drainage district board all landowners' leases into a commonThe county will also have a link to member David Monk had said the pool under one drilling production the new standard lease agreement for board would be comfortable with any company and utilizing one common mineral rights. agreement the county reached, underground geological reservoir." McKim said having the maps The agreement includes a Fitzsimmons said by pooling, eve-available online provides an opportu- $15,000 bonus to be split betweenryone benefits in the unit, no matter nity for oil and gas companies to go the two agencies based on the per- which well is producing, and identify where county mineral centage of their mineral rights, as MAPPING rights are if they are in an area that well as a royalty of 3/16 or roughly McKim also reported that with allthe company is interested in develo- 18.75 percent, the county's mineral rights now do- ping. Fitzsimmons said, "I think this cumented she and Land Planner Jim The main purpose is to streamline is a fair lease with the county and it Waller have been working on map- the process. Ifa company is interested should be competitive if you use it as ping the coordinates and they will be in leasing mineral rights it won't take a template going forward." put on the county's website at http:// as long as it has in the past. Deb McKim, oil and gas consul- www.bighorncountywy.gov/. "Every company leasing rights tant for the county, said, "This is our Waller said that there will be se- of Big Horn County is subject to the standard lease, now that it's been si- veral links to the maps on the site, same thing. The only thing negotiable gned." which should be up within a week. He is the bonus," McKim said. The mineral rights being leased said the maps are complete, he is just She said the process involved in are for the Dalton Well currently un- working on the best way to present negotiations will also be available un- der production by NEPECO. Fitzsim- them on the county's Website. line. mons said once the agreements areThere are 4,250 acres on county Waller said the site will also in- signed and recorded, "In the long- mineral rights. Rights vary from 2 clude a brief history of the mineral term we want to inject water into the percent to as high as 84 percent. Wal- right research project and what the ground in the Homestead Unit and ler said there were two questionable maps show. Y BY KARLA POMEROY health drop-in visits, receiving funds this year so fewer The Big Horn County Public There were also 248 long-term people received assistance than in Health Nurse Susan Wiley present- care eligibility assessments, 90 past years. ed the annual report to the BigHorn adult immunizations and 103 tuber- The commissioners also ap- County Commissioners on Sept. 6. culosis tests, proved the annual emergency pre- The report, from July 1, 2010 to Under the Community Services paredness contract. The new fiscal June 30, 2011, showed more than Block Grant, Wiley reported that year under that grant begins Oct. 1, 4,616 service encounters. There the Public Health's Emergency As-and this year's amount is $89,135. were 1,302 flu shots and 1,279 child sistance Project issued 126 vouch- In the past funds were used for a immunizations that made up the ers to poverty level persons for radiology plan. This coming year bulk of the service calls. There were payments to help meet emergency public health will have to conduct 942 maternal and/or family health needs for medical care, shelter or "point of dispensing" exercises for visits and 605 adult health visits, transportation, mass dispensing of vaccinations in The smallest category was 47 adult Wiley said there was a delay in case of epidemics. Comments attributed to Fair to her. Board member Karen Sylvester in the Comments regarding the livestock fair board meeting article published sale and employee wages were made last week were incorrectly attributed by Chairman Matty Moody. Friendly Atmosphere, Compassionate Care We are currently recruiting for: RH - Med/Surg Unit RN - ICU Physical Therapist Behavioral Health Director Quality Director To apply visit our website at www.landerhospital.com or call (307) 335-6580 LANDER REGIONAL HOSPITAL North Big Horn Hospital Clinic will be closed Saturday, Sept. 24 so our providers can be at the Lovell Community Health Fair. 1115 BIG HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC Lane 12 Lovell, WY 548-5201 www.nbhh.com CONSIDERING A VASECTOMY? Why not have it done by the only board certified urologist located full time in the basin? DR. GnEGOrt STEWART UROLOGICAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN WYOMINGt PC Specializing in the "no needle/no scapel technique." 15 minute office procedure. Frequently done on Friday with the possibility of back to light-duty work on Monday. D~. Gregory Stewart Vasectomy reverals also available at competitive pricing. Clinics hell in PoweU Basin - Big Horn Clinic Greybull - Midway Clinic Thermopolis - Hot Springs Co. Memorial Hospital. VA patients accepted with prior approval. 225 W. YELLOWSTOne AVE., SUITE 9 " COUY, WY To schedule an appointment please call 307-587-5131 t: Dr. Paul LaVeau Cardiologist Seeing patients Monday thru Wednesday !I To schedule an appointment, ,,]" Call Powell Valley Clinic efiWaell Valley 307-754-7257 or 1-888-284-9308 mcare Comp ......... quat~ty Care 777 Avenue H Powell, Wyoming Don't forget the Annual Shell Community Hall Bazaar & Craft Show Sat. Oct. 1 * 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. See you there! i !4 Lnvell Tnwn Ceuncg Minutes. ;ept. 13:201 1 MINUTES OF THE TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING HELD SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. AT LOVELL TOWN HALL. Present: Mayor Bruce Morrison, Council Members: Brian Dickson, Bruce Wolsey, Kevin Jones. Others present: Attorney Sandra Kitch- en, Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal, Ed AIIred, Police Chief Nick Lewis, Sharon Phelps, Dave Phelps, Jim Szlemko, Sue Taylor, Frank Page, David Peck. With a quorum present, Mayor Bruce Morrison called the meeting to order and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Scott AIIred was excused from the meeting. Brian Dickson made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held August 9, 2011. Second by Kevin Jones. All in favor. Motion passed. Kevin Jones made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held August 30, 2011. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to approve the minutes of the Work Meeting held August 30, 2011. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Kevin Jones made a mo- tion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held September 9, 2011. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Jim Szlemko commended the Council on the length of time for the burn season. He also made a request that consideration be given to repealing the ordinance holding the adjacent homeowner responsible for weed control in the alleys. Sharon Phelps expressed concern over the proposed plat design of the Old Hospital property. Her concern is that the plan would create risk where none exists at this time and asked that the Council look carefully at the plan and reconsider her safety concerns. She feels her home is placed at risk where none currently exists. OLD BUSINESS: Frank Page-DOWL HKM Engineer reported bids on the South Wa- ter and Sewer Infrastructure Project were opened on September 1, 2011. Wilson Brothers Construction with a bid for Schedule 1 and 2 of $3,636,494.58 was the apparent low bidder. After review and concur- rence by the funding agency, Mr. Page made the recommendation to award the bid to Wilson Brothers Construction. He presented docu- ments for the Contractor for Construction Contract agreement and the Notice of Award to be reviewed by Council. A typing correction to the title of Clerk/Treasurer and a typing correction to the dollar amount listed on the documents were requested. Brian Dickson made a mo- tion to accept and award the bid of $3,636,494.58 from Wilson Broth- ers Construction and to authorize the Mayor to sign all documents in awarding this bid. Second by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. Sue Taylor - Lovell Inc. director presented and explained Change Or- der #1 adding $21,000 to the original contract cost for the floor repair of the Lovell Inc. building remodel and Change Order #2 deducting or changing items from the original plan to reduce the project cost by approximately $20,000 in order to remain within the planned amount of project funding. She explained that floor repair costs were less than estimated therefore she requested that two awnings for the west side windows be added back at a cost of $1600 for a net change of $18,400 on Change order #2. She explained an additional change order may be considered to add some items back to the project as fi- nal funding amounts are totaled. Council determined additional roof insulation should be a priority to be placed back in the project if fund- ing is available. A request was also made to allow the contractor an extension to October 3, 2011 for substantial completion of the project due to the delay caused by the floor deflection. Brian Dickson made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign Change Order #2 for the Lovell Inc. building project. Second by Bruce Wolsey. All in favor. Motion passed. Kevin Jones made a motion to extend the construction dead- line to October 3, 2011 for substantial completion. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Ms. Taylor also explained Kent Zeller is working on implementation plans based on the Asset Based Community Development design. They are hoping to have the data for presentation in November. Change Order #3 for Spiegel & Son in the amount of $1,458.51bring- ing the total contract price to $89,718.85 was presented by Clerk/ Treasurer Beal. This amount reflects reconciliation of the final mate- rial amounts used on the 300,000 water tank project as approved by project engineer Rob Croft of Engineering Associates. Final pay re- quest #5 in the amount of $11,846.04 has been submitted with the bills for payment. Bruce Wolsey made a motion to approve Change Order #3 for the 300,000 water tank project. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. NEW BUSINESS: Mayor Morrison read the recommendation from the Planning and Zon- ing Commission dated September 13, 2011 on the final plat approval of the old hospital property. It was recommended that the final plat be accepted as presented. Sharon Phelps expressed concern with the plan and requested Council consider the opportunity to change what the plat looks like now before construction. She feels road placement as designed could present a risk pointing to their bedrooms. Discus- sion was held regarding an option of placing a cul-de-sac on the prop- erty and the problems of emergency access. Visibility at the proposed intersection was also discussed. Chief Nick Lewis suggested a stop sign at the intersection and per- haps a speed bump or valley gutter to slow traffic would reduce the risk of an accident. He commented on other intersections similar to that proposed on the plat that to his memory have not had traffic in- cidents. Jim Szlemko suggested perhaps lowering the speed in the area to 20 miles per hour. Kevin Jones made a motion to accept the Planning and Zoning recommendation to accept the final plat as plat- ted for the old hospital project. Second by Brian Dickson. All in favor. Motion passed. Attorney Sandra Kitchen reported drafting an ordinance for review pertaining to solicitors and peddlers in residential areas and what can be done. She described the differences between transient merchants, solicitors and peddlers and explained that peddlers can be regulated but solicitors cannot be regulated when it affects interstate commerce. Discussion was held regarding the effects the regulations would have on local organizations. When regulations are in place, all must be regulated the same. It was noted that property owners have the ulti- mate right to say who comes onto their property and can post a sign or placard stating "No Peddlers, Solicitors or Transient Merchants". Chief Lewis expressed concern over exposing citizens to door to door CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE Thursday, September 22 Prescription Drug Abuse Panel Discussion at 7:00 p.m. at the Lovell Community Center Saturday, September 24 North Big Horn Hospital Health Fair at Lovell Community Center from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Kane Area Bus Tour, sponsored by Homesteader Museum. Bus leaves Cody at 8:30 a.m., Powell at 9:15 a.m. and Lovell at 10 a.m. Call Homesteader Museum, 754-9481 or 272-0959 for tickets and information. Tuesday, September 27 Open House at North Big Horn Hospital District New Horizons Care Center from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 30 Wake Up for Wellness in the North Big Horn Hospital multi- purpose room from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Benefit Silpada Jewelry Part for Trey Englert at 7:00 p.m. in the Big Horn Federal conference room. BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Tuesday, RMES, 8 p.m. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9a.m- 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Cafe in Powell, 2rid Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Cowley Riding Club, 3rdMonday, 7 p.m., 307-664-2235. Home School Club, twice monthly, Friday, 1 p.m. Call Wendy, 548- 9336, for more information. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pm. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 1st Friday, 7 p.m., call 548-9918 for loca- tion. Lovell Town Council, 2rid Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. Narcotics Anonymous, Mondays at Big Horn Federal at 7 p.m., contact Permillia, 272-8384. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Guilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Mayes Fabric, 406-788- 9689. TOPS @ WY169, every Thurs- Sponsoredby day, St. John's Episcopal Church basement in Powell, 6 p.m. 664-2394 Tri-Mountain View Masonic LEm~DE"~ Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner FDIC Insured 6:30 p.m., lodge meeting 7:30 p m Big Horn WyDOT Driver Licensing Facility open in Lovell every ruesday, Federal 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Lovell Chronicle at 548- GteybuZLPowd],Thetmopo]b, Cody, Wodand, Lov~ 2217 to list your club here.