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6 I The Lovell Chronicle October 27, 2011 COURTESY PHOTO Members of Cub Scout Pack 3007 participated in a ceremony to place a new American flag at the Lovell Branch Library last Monday, Oct. 17. Pictured are (l- r) librarian Donna Capellen, James Caldwell, Talon Grant, CJ Lindsay (holding the old flag), Hunter Steenbakkers and Den Leader Lindsay Lindsay. Three vacancies on Fair Board BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County commissioners are seek- ing applications to fill three seats on the Big Horn Coun- ty Fair Board. Willie Bridges submit- ted his resignation earlier this month to be effective Nov. 1. Clerk Dori Noy- es said Alfred Anderson has submitted his resigna- tion to be effective Dec. 1, when terms normally begin. Mitch Shelhamer, who was appointed after the resigna- tion of Jerry Brown (follow- ing Brown's appointment for the Bill Greer vacancy), has sent a letter to the com- missioners stating he will not seek reappointment to the board for the new term beginning Dec. 1. Letters of interest are being accepted through Nov. 14. Noyes said the com- missioners try and make appointments in order to keep a balance of north and south end members on the board. Two members re- maining on the board are Natty Moody, chairman, of Lovell, and Karen Sylvester of Greybull. POST OFFICE Continued from speak now you will lose your post office for sure." Currently 82 boxes are serviced at the postal facil- ity in Deaver. Only the resi- dents who receive their mail in those boxes would be af- fected by a closure decision. The delivery service will not change for residents who are already receiving their mail on a rural de- livery route. All residents would lose the ability to purchase postage and oth- er items at a central loca- tion in town. The purpose of the meeting was to gather in- formation in the form of surveys that will be passed on to a postal commission review committee. Accord- ing to Sims, that decision whether or not to close the Deaver post office could come down within three weeks. The decision will be for- mally posted at the Deaver and Lovell post offices. If the decision is to close the facility, residents will have 60 days to appeal the de- cision by sending their in- dividual comments to the postal commission. The ad- dress for the postal com- mission will be listed on the notice. After those comments are reviewed, a final deci- sion will be handed down. If that final decision is to close the Deaver post office, closure is expected to occur page 1 on March 15, 2012. The Byron post office is also under consideration for closure. The town held its initial closure meet- ing a few months ago and appeals are currently un- der review by the post- al commission. According to Sims, residents of that community should be hear- ing the decision regarding the closure of their post of- fice soon. Sims predicted that, if a post office like the one in Byron with close to 200 boxes is shut down, a domino effect would occur where other rural post of- rices throughout Wyoming would close in rapid suc- cession. WATER Continued from page 1 of their municipal water plant. Cody had good water from Buffalo Bill but needed a new water plant. Powell, Lovell and Byron got their water from the Shoshone River, Deaver obtained wa- ter from Deaver Reservoir, and Frannie used water from an artesian well now used only for raw water. "A lot of the hard wa- ter in the river comes in after it leaves the dam out of DeMaris Springs west of Cody," Nickle said, noting that the spring adds miner- al water to the river water. "Everybody had water softeners," he said. "The water was OK to drink, but it was as hard as anything. We had a one-inch copper line coming onto our prop- erty and a three-quarter- inch line to our house and it would get to the point where there was a pen- cil-sized hole in the line that the water could flow through. We had to acidize it periodically." Nickle, Miller and Sny- der started meeting with state officials, including the Wyoming Water Devel- opment Commission and started to develop a plan to obtain a quality, long-term, reliable source of water. The plan was formed to tap into Buffalo Bill Reservoir. The long-time project culminated with the dedica- tion of the water plant west of Cody on Sept. 14, 1991, and the first flow of water one month later on Oct. 14. Big Horn Basin offi- cials first started thinking about the pipeline project 10 years before it was com- pleted. Former Cody mayor Miller said he met on April 10, 1981, with then Byron mayor Mary Jensen "about trying to solve the water problem," Miller told the Chronicle just before the treatment plant dedica- tion in September of 1991. "And this is what the thing evolved into. That (meet- ing) was the first stirring of this project." Miller gave credit to a number of people from the communities served by the pipeline who made the proj- ect happen including Jen- sen and Bair of Byron, Her- man Fink and Nickle of Lovell, Lee of Frannie, Bea- ver of Deaver and Snyder of Powell. Lee noted that Ana- belle Cozzens represent- ed Byron for many years on the joint powers board, and Don Richards has rep- resented Lovell for many years. Lee still represents Frannie. The $55 million proj- ect was funded through the WWDC, the Wyoming Leg- islature's Omnibus Water legislation and special leg- islation. During the funding process, Nickle said, Bry- an Lee sold the project to a legislative committee when he stood up and told the committee that the wa- ter in Frannie had a small amount of radioactive ma- terial in it and he didn't like the idea of kids growing up in Frannie glowing like streetlights. "That convinced them," he said, chuckling. "All of a sudden there weren't many more questions about the project." Lee said that's a true story, saying he told the committee, "We don't need street lamps in Frannie be- cause our babies glow in the dark." He said the Frannie well water contained radio- active salts from formations the water flowed through on its way from the Pryor Mountains. "It did make an impres- sion," he said. WORKING TOGETHER Lee said the best thing about the project and its driving force was that all of the communities worked to- gether and shared the bur- den equally. "We all went in togeth- er and shared equally in the cost," he said. "It was a co- operative effort." He said the project was certainly worthwhile. "I represent Frannie, and it's been a struggle to survive," Lee said. "Without infrastructure, a small com- munity like that is doomed. It's been a good board from start to finish." Nickle agreed, noting, "This is the best project I've ever worked on as far as be- ing a benefit to the c0mmu- nities in the Big Horn Ba- sin." He said the project is part of the Town of Lovell's longtime effort to build for the future by developing enough infrastructure to allow for growth. I4e said he and subsequent admin- istrations prepared for a population of 5,000 or more when planning projects. "Personally, I rated as the five most important things: 1) People being safe and secure in their homes; 2) an adequate, good-tast- ing, clean water supply; 3) a good sewer system with good lagoons to clean the water; 4) qualiW streets with curb and gutter; and 5) good parks and recre- ation." Visit us on the web at www. 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