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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 23, 2014 Audit shows Town of Lovell fiscal health BY DAVID PECK The Town of Lovell is in excellent fiscal condition, an annual audit of the town bo.oks revealed last week. James Seckman, CPA, of Powell presented his annual findings during the monthly town council meeting on Oct. 14 after auditing the town fi- nancial records as of the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year on June 30. During a report to the council prior to the regular agenda Oct. 14, Seckman led the council through the audit report page by page. Seckman said the ideal is for a munici- pality to have reserves equal to six months to a year of ex- penses, and Lovell is in excel- lent shape with $3,095,848 in cash and cash equivalents for the general fund, about 1.86 times the total expenditures of $1,659,440 for the fiscal year. He also said enterprise funds, where the municipal- ity is able to build reserves for future capital expendi- tures in the water, sewer and garbage accounts are also in very good shape. Once the final phase of the water and sewer project is completed, Seckman said he would like to see the town retire $507,000 in water and sewer revenue bonds issued in 2010 to fund a portion of the project, as well as refi- nance some long-term debt, both of which, he said, would save the town a great deal of interest. In summary, Seckman said the town in general is "extremely healthy" at a time when many municipalities are struggling with finan- cial health. She said the town staff and mayor and council have been very good stew- ards of the town. "I would just like to say in summary that I've been auditing here for several years now and to see the fi- nancial condition that this town is in now compared to when I first started auditing, it's honestly a miracle," Seck- man said. "It's amazing with all that you guys have done where your financial posi- tion is right now. Your gener- al fund is extremely healthy, which isn't the typical. Most cities and towns are really struggling. They don't have close to the reserves that you have. "We'll see when this proj- ect is complete, but I would anticipate you having ade- quate reserves to really take out some serious debt, and that's going to benefit this community hugely. "I would just commend all of you guys on doing a really good job, being good stewards to the town." LOVELL INC. In her monthly report, Lovell Inc. Director Sue Tay- lor invited the council to at- tend the draft presentation of the county-wide strategic plan for economic develop- ment on Oct. 23 at noon at Big Horn Federal (see relat- ed story). She also reported that the refurbishment of the town free camper park is changing in that the current restroom in the park will likely be de- molished instead of renovat- ed, if the Wyoming Business Council goes along with the change. The town voted to authorize Mayor Bruce Mor- rison to sign a letter to the Business Council requesting the change if necessary. Taylor requested town help paying for two emergen- cy ballasts at the Lovell Inc./ Third Street Incubator build- ing. Lovell Inc. has paid $600 of the $1,000 bill but since the town owns the building, Tay- lor requested that the town pay the final $400. The coun- cil asked Taylor to pay the balance out of Lovell Inc.'s maintenance budget, then come to the council if further maintenance expenses arise during the fiscal year. MINI GOLF IDEA Taylor told the council about a proposal that would benefit the community and build youth entrepreneurs in Lovell, Greybull and Burling- ton. Her idea is to construct miniature golf courses in the three communities and train youths to operate the courses during the summer as a proj- ect to teach business skills. The courses would be de- signed to represent the char- acter of each community. Taylor asked the coun- cil for a letter of support for a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund to help with materials in the form of pre-cast concrete forms and building materials for stor- age sheds at each location. With no obligation for fund- ing at this time, the council agreed to write the letter of support. The council also ad- dressed a request from the Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce and the Lovell-Kane Museum Board for a reduc- tion in rent to the muse- um board at the chamber of- fice building downtown. The council voted to reduce the rent to the museum board from $100 per month to $10 per year and increase the chamber of commerce rent from zero to $10 per year ef- fective Nov. 1. The council stated that both entities pro- vide a valuable community service. WILD MUSTANG CENTER John Nickle with the Pryor Mountain Wild Mus- tang Center presented a re- quest for an additional loan through the revolving Com- munity Development Block Grant program to fulfill an agreement with the Hansen and Mickelson families to purchase rock to be used on a larger wild mustang center building that has never been constructed. The purchase agreement was part of the original land purchase agree- ment for the center, which lies just east of town. Nickle said the loan would be used to purchase the rock per the original agreement to the tune of $61,250, then pay back the loan as soon as possible by selling the rock. The center still owes the town $14,000 from a previous CDBG loan, and Nickle said the mustang center board intends to pay offthat loan as soon as possi- ble. The council requested fi- nancial information and com- pletion of a loan application before moving forward with the request. IN OTHER ACTION OCT. 14: Following a report from Dickson, the council voted to authorize the mayor to sign a utility service and repair per- mit with the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation that grants permission for the town to connect to the existing storm sewer system in the future now that the town has in- stalled a stub pipe at Main and Jersey. The stub instal- lation was paid for by the State Loan and Investment Board as part of the current Main Street Project, but the town will be responsible for someday extending the storm sewer from Main to the area of Washakie or Circle Drive. The council voted to accept a bid for a new sewer jet from low bidder Normont Equipment in the amount of $49,630. The council passed Res- olution 2014-12 stating the intention of the town to re- allocate the county consen- sus program funding award to the sewer lift station proj- ect instead of the originally planned town shop project. The council voted to authorize the mayor to au- thorize the mayor to sign the Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $5,888.31 for the Lovell Police Dept. Police Commissioner Scott Allred explained that the grant can only be used for certain items in the name of rural area emergency preparedness. After review by Town Attorney Sandra Kitchen, the council voted to approve a general service agreement with Morrison/Maierle Engi- neering for future work on a case by case basis. COURTESY PHOTO The works of Northwest College photography professor Craig Satterlee, including this photo of a swing, will be on display at the Northwest Gallery on the NWC campus Oct. 28 through Nov. 20. The gallery is in the Cabre Building. Craig Satterlee's 'Retrospective' in Northwest Gallery showcases 40-year visual career Four decades of change in the medium of photogra- phy and the personal ex- plorations of one man will be displayed starting Tues- day, Oct. 28, when "Craig Satterlee: a Retrospective" opens at the Northwest Gallery on the Northwest College campus. Satterlee will talk about the personal and professional journey rep- resented by his work at a 7-8:30 p.m. artist's recep- tion in the gallery on open- ing night. An associate profes- sor, Satterlee is also the program coordinator for NWC's widely recognized Photographic Communica- tions Program. When he began teaching at North- west in 1978, his images, primarily black and white, were taken with a large, bulky camera and then de- veloped and printed in a wet dark room amidst a mix of chemicals and odors. Today, he can accomplish head-turning photography and sophisticated editing on his wallet-size iPhone. The progression of technology is apparent in Satterlee's retrospective, as is the progression of his personal pursuit for ex- pression and meaning. In choosing works for the ex- hibit, Satterlee said he se- lected pieces that "high- light moments that have brought personal meaning and satisfaction." His personal explora- tions during the late 1980s and early 1990s earned him a Wyoming Arts Fel- lowship for an extended se- ries of complex and sym- bolic collage-type prints. This surreal collage work, Satterlee said, "was done during a period of in- trospection and exploration into existentialism. I think looking for life's meaning is always best served though self-expression. This work should speak for itself." Later in life, when Satterlee began traveling more, the simplest of ob- jects became a theme for one of his most enduring series of images. "As I travelled from state to state or country to country," Satterlee said, "I began to see that the bi- cycle is a universal means of transportation in every culture. I started noticing them everywhere and de- veloped a love for the ro- mantic image they conjure when they're left against a rail or beside a building. I've grown fond of these images." The bicycle photo- graphs are an outgrowth of a body of work he calls "Our Town." '"Our Town" is about creating the perfect lit- tle town that teaches you about life," Satterlee said. "I grew up in the '50s, but it would hold. These mem- ories were about my roots, what formed who I was and made my life. In the early years, this was done in mostly black and white for archival reasons. Later on this would change." Satterlee recently re- visited an earlier time in his career to produce a se- ries of ballerina images. "The ballerina work was a project I had want- ed to do for a long time," he said. "I photographed a lot of dance commercially in the early part of my career but wanted to reinterpret these types of images with today's current trends and my passion for new pro- cesses. The work is more idealism and romanticism. I was hoping to capture great personal moments for the people portrayed." Satterlee's award-win- ning work has been exhib- ited across America and around the world. It's been printed numerous times in magazines like Northern Lights and Sun. The exhibit includes a full array of images cre- ated through tradition- al, alternative and digital processes. "Craig Satterlee: a Ret- rospective" hangs in North- west Gallery through Nov. 20. Located in the Cabre Building at NWC, the gal- I moved so often that I had lery is open from 9 a.m.- a need to create this per- 4 p.m. weekdays and 7-9 fect world, or at least the p.m. Thursdays. 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I will fulfill that commitment through the importance I place on being a "TEAM MEMBER," CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF OUTSIDE (Federal or State) DIRECTIVES and WELCOMING PARENTS INTO THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN. Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in SOCIAL WORK, from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, NJ. Graduated during May, 1980. Work experience, as a social worker, with the NJ Dept of Family Services (child protective work) and with the NJ Dept. of Corrections. Former Mayor of the Town of Frannie. Resident of Frannie for the past 8 years Email and Phone: smalltown@sagecreek.cc, 307-202-1963 Paid for by Jack Cordner