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12 J The Lovell Chronicle J November 11, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Commissioners discuss road projects, letter BY KARLA POMEROY In discussing various road projects, the Big Horn County commissioners brief- ly addressed an unsigned let- ter they received recently. During the meeting with Engineer Willie Bridges, Commissioner Keith Grant asked him and the commis- sioners how best to address the unsigned letter by the Concerned Taxpayers of Big Horn County regarding work on Road 11. The same letter was pub- lished recently in all three newspapers in the county, with six signatures from Ba- sin area residents; however, the letter sent directly to the commission was unsigned. Big Horn County Dep- uty Attorney Jim Hallman said the question of how to respond is more policy than legal. Bridges said, "I can ad- dress the letter with infor- mation about how the proj- ect was not arbitrary and was something that's been planned for years." Commissioner Jerry Ewen said a letter of re- sponse should be drafted, but he did not want it as a letter to the editor in the newspapers• Once the letter is drafted they could have it available for the public• "It's one issue I've received a lot of public comment, more than the petition for removal." Grant noted that the commissioners do not ap- prove resolutions for each road project, but rather the Road and Bridge Depart- ment and Engineer's Office come to the commissioners with recommendation and projects are approved during the budget• It was discussed to post the five-year road plan, once it is finalized, on the Web site for the public. "We still haven't met my campaign goal. Last election I said I wanted to see the county paving five miles per year and we're not there," Grant said. In other road and engi- neering project news: Road and Bridge Fore- man Rod Wambeke said School District No. 2 of- ficials were concerned about the condition of the road around Lovell Lake. He said he had main- tained it when he thought it was a county road but it is not. The commissioners di- rected Wambeke to notify the district that the road would be bladed for snow re- moval but not maintained as a county road. Bridges reported that the geotech report is back on the Crystal Creek bridge and that steel pilings to a depth of 20 to 27 feet will be needed to set the new bridge on. He said he had not talk- ed to the sheriff to see how the investigation into the damage to the bridge that oc- curred more than two years ago is coming. Hallman said the in- surance company, which has offered $10,000 to the county for damages, is hesi- tant about paying for a new bridge that will be in better condition than the old bridge before an oversized load for a construction company drove over it and damaged it. Grant said, "They deft- nitely had an illegal load and they knew it. They pulled off the highway and assembled the (equipment) before head- ing down Crystal Creek." Bridges presented the contract for JVAN Con- tracting for the new re- strooms at Washington Park in Basin• He said work likely won't begin until spring, as soon as the frost is gone. He also reported on Lane 38, stating that they have received administrative approval from the state but no formal approval from the State Loan and Investment Board. The commissioners agreed to wait for formal approval before proceeding. OTHER BUSINESS In other business, the commissioners: Re-appointed Jason Price to the Byron Solid Waste Board and appointed Bri- an Ballard to the board. They were the only ap- plicants for the two posi- tions• They also reappointed E1Ray Bridges as a north end representative to the Big Horn County Solid Waste Board and appoint- ed Aaron Kania to the oth- er three-year term. Current member Jim Morris had also applied. Agreed to write a letter for Mountain Man Sal- vage stating there is no zoning prohibiting vehicle storage at 1285 Lane 39. Approved the annual public health contract al- lowing them to do the long-term care eligibility screening• Public Health Nurse Sue Wiley also re- ported that they have been busy with season- al flu clinics and in help- ing students get updated on the new immunization requirement for chicken pox. Approved an agreement stating that the coun- ty is participating in the WyoLINK system. Approved a simple sub- division for Jeff and Gall Parker. The subdivision divides an 80-acre parcel into one lot of about 20 acres for a home and the other 60 acres will remain as is. The property is adjacent to County Road 1 1/2. Fertility control EA available for public comment BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Local residents are being asked for input on a preliminary environmental assessment released by the Bureau of Land Management at the beginning of November regarding the use of fertility control drugs to control the population of horses on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range outside of Lovell. The EA has been written by the • BLM to analyze impacts of fertility con- trol on the herd until 2015. The BLM proposes to use fertility control begin- ning in 2011 on a number of horses to keep the appropriate management lev- el of 90-120 horses. Comments on the EA must be re- ceived at the BLM Billings Field Office bythe close of the office on Dec. 1, 2010. Only written comments will be accept- ed through standard mail, fax or hand delivery. The BLM will then consider all comments and revise the EA where applicable• Comments may be mailed to the BLM Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT, 59101• Comments may be faxed to 896-5281. The EA is available online at http:// www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/billings_ field_office/wildhorses/pryorherd.html. Contact Wild Horse and Burro Spe- cialist Jared Bybee at (406) 896-5223 for more information or questions. yo. Big ounty /o you support in t[e enea[ [ection. Thank you Big Horn County for your support in the General Election. 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