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14 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 4, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com PUBLIC N()TICES RHC Commissioners minuf~s. S~.nL 27~ 21 BIG HORN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' MINUTES DATE TIME AND PLACE: The Board of County Commiss of Big Horn County, Wyoming, met in special session on Septeml 2010, for a commissioners' airport management organizational mq The meeting was called to order beginning with the Pledge of AIle! at 9:00 a.m. at the office of the board of county commissioners Basin courthouse. BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Thomas S. Hinman, cha Jerold S. Ewen and Keith M. Grant, members, and Dori Noyes, clerk, clerk of the board. OTHERS PRESENT: Allen C. Beckhoff, William Bridges )10 loners ~er 27, ;eting. ]lance in the irman, "ounty Jerry W. Snyder, Ken Fink, Susan Sales, Becky Lindsey, Linda Harp, Gwen Nelson, Roy Harper, Rick Patton, Dustin Spomer, Georgia Hunt, Jim. Hallman, Chris Harp, Brenda TenBoer, Karl Bertagnole, Charlie Boson, Nancy Serfoss, Pete Reinschmidt and Wayne and Carol Sparks. Commissioner Ewen prepared and presented topics of discussion regarding the airport board's resignation and future airport management. Commissioner Grant made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Ewen and carried to accept the resignation of the airport board. Commissioner Grant made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Ewen and carried, to appoint the board of county commissioners to act as the interim airport board. Commissioner Ewen made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Grant and carried, to appoint William Bridges, Pryor Mountain Engineering, as acting interim airport manager. He will act as a vocal point on airport issues and report to the commissioners. The county clerk informed William that the airport board secretary and chairman met with the clerk and the treasurer earlier in the year. They requested the airport lease billings be turned over to the airport board in June 2010. An email to the clerk's office from the airport board secretary confirmed that she had not billed for the leases since June 2010. William Bridges and his staffwill bring the billing up to date and look into the hangar leases further. Commissioner Ewen asked those present to take a minute to read the airport management organizations points of discussion. Kad Bertagnole voiced his interest in providing the fueling station services. The county attorney said the county must have a one million dollar insurance policy in place. Georgia said if Mr. Bertagnole takes over the fuel station, his involvement takes care of the one million dollar insurance needed. Mr. Snyder would like to see the self service fuel station stay in place. He also said he has never had any problems with his lease orwith getting billed fo~ it. Linda Harp would like to see a needs assessment done. She would like to get advisors from other airports on board to see how other airports are run. Chadie Boson commented that the airport needs a manager that doesn't do business at the airport. He said you need someone there with general aviation in mind. Dusty Spomer and Rick Patton, GDA Engineers, made recommendatiOns for future airport boards and gave some statistics regarding other airport boards and managers of other airports. Reinschmidt and Wayne Sparks voiced their concerns on what taxpayers are being charged for the two airports. Those present presented arguments and discussion regarding various airport issues. Upon motion by Commissioner Ewen, seconded by Commissioner Grant and carried, the board adjourned at 3:20 p.m. to re-convene to a work session with GDA Engineers to review projects listed in the capitol improvement plan for both airports. The board will meet in regular session on October 5 & 6, 2010. STATE OF WYOMING ) ) ss. I COUNTY OF BIG HORN ) | I, Dori Noyes, County Clerk and Ex-Officio of the Board of the~ounty Commissioners, do hereby certify the above and foregoing tO be a full, true and complete copy of proceedings had by board at its Special meeting on September 27, 2010. Board of County Commissioners Big Horn County, Wyoming -~ ..... Is~ Thomas S. Hinman, Chairman Isl Jerold S. Ewen, Member Isl Keith M. Grant, Member Attest: Is~ Dori Noyes, County Clerk, Clerk of the Board Publish: November 4, 2010 MDU gas cost chan~es PUBLIC NOTICE The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) has given Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) authority to pass on a wh(,lesale purchased gas cost increase of $0.640 per decatherm (Dth) to it,, Resi- dential, Firm General Service, and Small and Large Interruptible cus- tomers, and $0.641 per Dth to Optional Seasonal customers, all sub- ject to notice, protest, intervention, possible hearing, refund, change, further investigation and further order of the Commission. The increase for all classes of customers is due to higher projected gas costs! in No- vember 2010. The Company states the proposed increase wilI affect all customers in MDU's Wyoming service territory; and it is proPOsed to go into effect for usage on and after November 1, 2010. The proposed pass-on will result in an estimated increase of $193,920 in the Com- pany's revenues during November 2010, based upon estimated sales volumes for the month. / MDU's current and proposed rates for its Residential customers, stated in dollars per Dth, are: Proposed Current Net Tariff Item Cost Cost Change ($1Dth) ($/Dth) ($1Dth) Purchased Gas Cost 4.724 4.084 0,640 Surcharge Adjustment (0.008) (0.008) 0.000 (CBA) Non-Core Revenue (0.085) (0.085) 0.000 Credit Total Purchased Gas 4.631 3.991 0.640 Cost Distribution Delivery 0.633 0.633 0.000 Charge Conservation Tracking 0.002 0.002 0.000 Adjustment Total Gas Cost 5.266 4.626 0i640 / The proposed increase in rates will result in an increase of $71.62, or about 11.4%, for the average residential customer using 11.9 Dths in November 2010. Actual bills will vary with usage. Sections 249 and 250 of the Commission's Rules allow a utility to pass on to its customers known or prospective wholesale commodity cost increases or decreases, subject to public notice, opportunity for headng and refund. MDU's application is on file in its Wyoming business offices and at the Commission's office in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and may be inspeCted by any interested person during regular business hours. | / Anyone desiring to file a statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must so file, in writing, with the Commission on or before November 22, 2010. The petition shall set forth the grounds of the proposed intervention or request for hearing and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding. If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing that you will attend, and you require reasonable accommodation for a dis- ability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyo- ming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications impaired per- sons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711. Please mention Docket No. 30013-239-GP-10 in your commu- nications. Dated: October 22, 2010. Publish: October 28 & November 4, 2010 MDU ~as cnst chan~s PUBLIC NOTICE The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) has granted Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU)authority to pass on wholesale gas cost changes consisting of: a decrease of $0.778 per decatherm (Dth) for Residential and Firm General Service customers; a decrease of $0.779 per Dth to Interruptible customers; and an increase of $0.165 per Dth to Seasonal Firm customers. The increase to Seasonal Firm customers reflects a movement from summer rates to winter rates and increased demand charges. The proposed changes in rates are subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, opportunity for hearing and such other orders asthe Commission may deem appropriate. The Company states the proposed changes in rates will affect all customers in MDU's Wyoming service territory, and they are proposed to go into effect for usage on and after October 1, 2010. The proposed pass-on will result in an estimated net decrease of approximately $142,376 in the Company's revenues during October 2010, based upon estimated sales volumes for the month. M DU's current and proposed rates for Residential customers, stated in dollars per Dth, are: Tariff Item Proposed Current Net Change Cost Cost Purchased Gas Cost $4.084 $5.099 ($1.015) ($0.244) $0.236 Surcharge Adjustment (CBA) Non-Core Revenue Credit Total Purchased Gas Cost ($0.008) ($o.o85) $3.991 ($0.086) $4.769 $0.001 ($0.778) Distribution Delivery $0.633 $0.633 $0.000 Charge $0.002 $0.002 $0.000 Conservation Tracking Adjustment $5.404 $4.626 Total Gas Cost ($0.778) * The Total Purchased Gas Cost for the Large and Small Interruptible customer classes is the same as shown in the table except the Non- Core Revenue Credit of $0.085 per Dth is eliminated. The proposed Total Purchased Gas Cost for the Interruptible customer classes is $4.076 per Dth. The proposed decrease for the Residential class will result in a de- crease in the monthly bills of the average residential customer using 7.2 Dths in October 2010 of $5.60 or about 10.9%. Actual bills will vary with usage. Customers taking service under other service schedules should contact MDU for further details on how the changes will affect them. Sections 249 and 250 of the Commission's Rules allow a utility to pass on to its customers known or prospective wholesale commodity cost increases or decreases, subject to public notice, opportunity for hearing and refund. MDU's application is on file in its Wyoming business offices and at the Commission's offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and may be inspected by any interested person during regular business hours. Anyone desiring to file a statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must so file, in ~iting, with the Commission on or before November 16 2010. The petition shall set forth the grounds of the proposed intervention or request for hearing and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding. If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing that you will attend and you require reasonable accommodation for a dis- ability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyo- ming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications impaired per- sons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711. Please mention Docket No. 30013-235-GP-10 in your com- munications. Dated: October 15, 2010. Publish: October 28 & November 4, 2010 Cowley land annexation hearin~ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the governing body of the Town of Cowley, Wyoming at 7:00 p.m. on the 18th day of November, 2010 at the Cowley Town Hall, the purpose of which is to consider the proposed annexation of land into the Town of Cowley. The proposed annexation is shown on the accompany- ing map. The purpose of the annexation is to allow for the natural, geographical, economical and social growth of the Town of Cowley. This annexation will provide the necessary protection of the health, safety and welfare of the persons who now reside and who will re- side in the annexed area and in the existing Town. An annexation report has been prepared and is available from the Town Clerk upon written request. Estimated costs to individual landowners are $850 per lot utility fee and reasonable surveying fee. All basic services the Town of Cowley offers as outlined in the development code will be made available to the proposed annexation. Tax mill levies for the proposed annexation will be the same as for the existing Town. No infrastructure improvements to the existing Town to accommodate this annexation are anticipated. Written requests for a legal descrip- tion, land ownership and annexation report should be directed to Town Clerk, Town of Cowley, PO Box 635, Cowley, VVY 82420. TOWN OF COWLEY Roland Simmons, Mayor Publish: October 28 & November 4, 2010 RMP ener~ co~t adiustm~nt h~aring PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative ProcedureAct and the Wyoming Public Service Commission's (Commission) Rules, notice is hereby given that a public hearing regarding Rocky Mountain Power's (RMP or the Company) application to implement an Energy Cost Adjustment Mechanism (ECAM) will commence on Monday, November 8, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission's hearing room located at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. RMP is a public utility, as defined in W.S. 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C), providing retail electric public utility service under Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity issued by the Commission. RMP is subject to the Commission's jurisdiction under WS. 37-2-112. On April 5, 2010, RMP submitted its application, together with exhibits and revised tariff sheets, requesting authority to implement an ECAM to replace the existing Power Cost Adjustment Mechanism (PCAM). The existing PCAM sunsets at the end of the historical period on November 30, 2010. The final rate effective period for amortization and recovery (or return) of deferred net power costs related to the current PCAM begins April 1, 2011, and ends March 31, 2012. RMP states that the replacement for the PCAM, as opposed to elimination without replace- ment, is critical if the Company is to have a reasonable opportunity to recover prudently incurred net power costs (NPC) directly related to serving Wyoming customers. Wyoming Industrial Energy Consumers and the Office of Consumer Advocate have intervened in this matter. The proposed ECAM will allow the Company to account for, and col- lect or credit, the differences between actual NPC and a base level of NPC established in either a general rate case or in an ECAM case. On a monthly basis, RMP states that it will compare the actual system NPC to.the base NPC in rates and defer the differences in the ECAM balancing account. In this filing, RMP proposes to modify the relevant dates of the cur- rent PCAM to simplify the preparation and review of the ECAM. RMP proposed to file an annual ECAM application on or before March 15th of each year, effective June 1= of each year. RMP also proposes that the ECAM shall be computed on a per-unit (dollars/MWh) basis. RMP states this will simplify the calculations and eliminate the complex allo- cation mechanism embedded in the current PCAM. RMP states that a per-unit calculation also accounts for fluctuations in volume differences in the base versus the actual experience. In addition, RMP proposes that the monthly interest on the net balance in the ECAM account con- tinue to be symmetrical, as it is with the current PCAM. RMP proposes to include in the ECAM sulfur dioxide (So2) sales and renewable en- ergy credit sales revenues in order to ensure that customers and the Company are faidy treated with respect to revenues related to these sales. RMP also proposes that the ECAM not include a dead band and the three sharing bands as they currently exist in the PCAM. RMP pro- poses that the ECAM shall include a single (95/5) sharing band under which customers pay or receive 95% of the difference between actual and base NPC and that the Company pays or receives 5% of the differ- ence between actual and base NPC. Finally, RMP proposes to change the historical test period for consideration of deferred net power costs during the transition from the PCAM to the ECAM. The Company re- quests authority to include deferred net power costs from December 1, 2010, through December 31, 2011 in the first ECAM.. RMP's application, supporting pre-filed testimony and exhibits from the Company's witnesses are on file with the Commission at its offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and at RMP's Wyoming service centers located in Casper (Casper Service Center and Casper Region Office), Cody, Evanston, Laramie, Pinedale, Rawlins, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Worland. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing on November 8, 2010, to provide comments regarding RMP. All headngs will be conducted in accordance with the Wyoming ~dministratiye. Pro- cedure Act and the Commission's Procedural Rule~ and Special Regu- lations. Interested persons may appear and be heard, either in person or through counsel, as provided by Commission Rule. The Commission's hearings are open to all persons. If you wish to at- tend any or all of the hearings and you require reasonable accommoda- tion for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427 (Voice or TrY) in Cheyenne during regular business hours or write to them at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82002, to make arrangements. Communications imPaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay (TTY) by dialing 711. Please mention Docket No. 20000-368-EA-10. If you wish to listen to the hearings scheduled to commence on November 8, 2010, go to httD://psc.wy.us at the appropriate time and follow the instructions to connect to the hearing. Dated: October 22, 2010. Publish: October 28 & November 4, 2010 Fialal rmyment NOTICE OF FINAL PAYMENT The Big Horn County Commission, acting on behalf of Big Horn County, Wyoming, has accepted all work as complete according to the Contract Documents set forth in the written Agreement between JVAN CONTRACTING and Big Horn County, for the ARRA RET- ROFIT 1 - COURTHOUSE WINDOWS, and JVAN CONTRACTING, Contractor, is entitled to final payment. Therefore, on the 17th day of NOVEMBER, 2010, the 41st day after the first publication of this notice, final payment of the full amount due under the Agreement will be made. Nothing in this notice shall be construed as relieving the Contractor and the Sureties on its bond from any claim or claims for the work or labor done or materials or supplies furnished in the execution of the Agreement. BIG HORN COUNTY COMISSION THOMAS S. HINMAN, CHAIRMAN Publish: October 7 and November 4, 2010 CONSIDERING A VASECTOMY? Why not have it done by the only board certified urologist located full time in the basin? DR. GnNon STEWAIn" UROLOGICAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN WYOMING, 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 reverats also available at competitive pricing. Clinic~ held in Powell Basin - Big Horn Clinic Greybull- Midway Clinic Thermopoli - Hot Springs Co. Memorial Hospital. VA patients accepted with prior approval. 225 W. YELLOWSTONE AVE.9 SUITE 9 CoPY9 W~ To schedule an appointment please call 307-587-5131 NOTICE NOMINATION PETITIONS REQUESTED This is a public notice to solicit nominations for Directors of Big Horn County ~ed and Pest Control District. Appointments will be made on the 7th day of December, 2010. Notice is hereby given to solidt nominations for appointments of the Big Horn County Weed and Pest Control District. Prior to appointment, the nominee for director shall pick up a petition from the county clerk's office in Basin, then submit a petition signed by at least (10) landowners, to the office of county commissioners by December 3, 2010. Big Horn County Board of County Commissioners