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September 24, 2015 1 The Lovell Chronicle 13 DAVID PECK PHOTO Looking tough in their 50s style t-shirts and/or leather jackets on Decades Day Tuesday are Lovell juniors (l- r) Brandon Teter, Joey Mickelson, Tyler Teter, Lane Hoover, Kaleb Mayes and Kade Gifford. LHS caps 2015 Homecoming Week by hosting Mountain View Friday at 7 p.m. I w0 d] for 2015 4-H from the ii!i::;~i;i~:~iiii:~ii: i~ _ LOVELL WALKING PATH continued from page one footprint of the visitor cen- ter and surrounding area, a gravel path would run along the Hunt Canal and around the back side of the pond, ty- ing into the east sidewalk. Currently, she said, five laps around the pond on the in- ner path equals one mile, but on the perimeter trail two laps would constitute a mile. The work within the vis- itor center boundary would be paid for through a YCC funding proposal written by Schneider, and the Park Service is partnering with the mustang center for the path between the two facil- ities, Fleming said. As long as planning is under way for the Park Ser- vice and Mustang Center pathways, Fleming said now might be a good time to re- visit the idea of a community walking path in Lovell and perhaps points beyond. The town a few years ago worked with then county commis- sioner Keith Grant and others on the idea of build- ing a walking path in town and extending it west along the Globe Canal and on out to the Foster Gulch Golf Course. The project eventu- ally ran out of steam. "While we're doing this we felt we had the opportu- nity to propose to revive the town walking trail in what- ever way the public feels is best to connect the mustang center and visitor center to the town and perhaps out to Foster Gulch," Fleming said. "I think it would be cool if it could run past the highway department (on McKinley Ave.) and along the hillside all the way (along the en- closed Globe Canal)." During a presentation to the chamber of commerce Monday by Fleming, Lovell Supt. of Schools Rick Wood- ford worried about the place where the open canal en- LPD FUTURE continued from page one see that much enforcement when you go through Pow- ell and that's a much bigger town than here. It's going to be totally up to Jason as to how lenient he wants offi- cers to be about this sort of stuff, but I think it needs to be looked at." Beal expressed that he thinks a lot of that decision should be a matter officer discretion. He said he thinks there is a problem with speeding in certain areas and with other infractions that put the public in jeop- ardy, like not stopping be- hind school buses. He said he plans to patrol the town him- self to determine which ar- eas need more enforcement and which areas may need less. He said he also plans to solicit public feedback on the issue. "One thing I really want to emphasize in my new posi- tion as chief, I'm very much a believer in officer discretion," explained Beal. "I'm not go- ing to tell officers they need to have to write up a certain number of this or that. If a question comes up, we will discuss the specific situation. Also, once I'm out patrolling myself, I will see certain things that catch my atten- tion that I may decide to em- phasize a bit." Beal said he hopes to see more public education on some of these issues. He said he is in favor of community meetings, the use of social media and one-on-one con- versations to achieve that goal. Montanez said he would like to see all of the town de- partments work together more under what he referred to as a "town umbrella," with better communication be- tween departments. He said he likes the idea of having an ordinance of- ricer who deals with issues like weed control, junk ve- hicles and animal control. He said he thinks a lot of the problems with weeds and junk vehicles have to do with lack of sufficient man- power for the task of en- forcing those ordinances. Beal agreed and added that having an ordinance officer would free up police officers to perform more investiga- tive duties. Both agreed that the town needs more enforce- ment regarding drug relat- ed crimes. Montanez said he was particularly both- ered by the multiple burglar- ies that took place at Lovell Drug over the years, espe- cially in one particular in- stance where a broken win- dow was not noticed by police for hours during a night pa- trol. He said he has heard many complain of "profil- ing" based on either race or on previous criminal histo- ry. He said by targeting cer- tain people, others who may be "bigger players" are be- ing missed. Both Beal and Montanez agreed that drug problems in the community need to be addressed. Beal said getting the community involved is one way to help with the problem. He said 2015 Karlie Keller Hunter Tippetts Karlie had 26 kills, 36 digs, 2 aces to help Lovell Hunter shot a 1st score of 83 and followed it up split in their matches with Powell and Big Horn. with an 85 on the 2nd day to record a 168 which placed him 6th at the 3A West Regional Golf Tournament in Pinedale. Sponsored by CI IIIDREN'S Member 179 E. 3rd, Love/I, Wyo. . 307-548-2213 www.BankofLovell.com ters the enclosed canal west of Lovell Middle School and the suction created at that point, and Fleming said Tuesday that, ideally, the walking path would climb on top of the bench before that location and avoid the open canal, though she added, "I'm not going to establish where the trail goes. That's something for the communi- ty to decide." FUNDING IDEAS If the project gets going and gains momentum, Flem- ing said there is the oppor- tunity for funding through the Healthy Parks, Healthy Communities program as well as the National Park Foundation's Active Trails Program. Help could come from the Roads, Trails and Conservation Association (RTCA) and workers could come from the Public Land Corps. But she stressed that the project must be a joint effort. "This has to be a com- munity partnership," she said. "It can't be Christy saying we need this trail and me pushing it. I can't do it alone. And a partnership is a requirement of RTCA funding. "They (RTCA) will be fa- cilitators. They'll come and get community members in- volved, they'll facilitate how to find funding and who will maintain the trail and build parts of the trail." COMMUNITY MEETING In order to gauge inter- est in a Walking path sys- tem, Fleming will hold a community open house on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Park Service Visi- tor Center. People may call Fleming for more informa- tion at 548-5406, and she urges community mem- bers, businesses and orga- nizations who may want to be involved to attend the meeting. he is a strong advocate of a "community-policing model." "A community watch concept, where people who live in the community re- port on what they see go- ing on in their own neigh- borhood, works well," said Beal. "They know their own neighborhood best and they are the first to recognize if something is out of place or doesn't quite seem right." Beal said he also is in fa- vor of working with other or- ganizations to resolve some of the more complex prob- lems like domestic violence and sexual assault. He said he believes there are some very good resources in the community to assist officers with those kinds of cases and he plans to continue to foster relationships with organiza- tions like CARES and child advocacy organizations that assist with forensic inter- views. He said it's important to make sure victims get the services they need. Montanez said he would like to see a friendlier rela- tionship between officers and the public. He said he doesn't believe intimidation works as well as good communi- cation. Beal added that as part of the community watch model, people feel more of a connection with the depart- ment and feel more comfort- able coming to officers for help. A big part of that is get- ring to know the community, he said. "They get to know you and you get to know them," he said. "I think the people we have working in the de- partment right now are real- ly good. I think with a little bit of guidance and a little bit of leadership we can con- tinue moving in a positive direction. I don't see where there is going to be any kind of lag in improving. I see a lot of positives here and we will build on that." Beal said he plans to work hand-in-hand with of- ricers and to work with staff to develop common goals and objectives. He said he plans initially to even ride along with some of the officers to see how things are going and to. determine what kind of training might be helpful. "I don't think coming in and making changes right off the bat would be help- ful," said Beal. "I really won't know what changes, if any, are appropriate un- til I'm in the position to see what's working and what's not working. There are a lot of variables involved and I'm an armchair quarterback right now." Mayor Montanez said he wants Beal to run the de- partment as he sees fit and doesn't plan to micromanage his decisions. "I've said all along, I have only three things I'm interested in seeing; those three things are ethics, hon- esty and accountability," said Montanez. "How he (Beal) does that is up to him. As chief, Jason has my full support and I want the oth- er officers and staff to know they have my support, too." 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