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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 18, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Proactive stance BY DAVID PECK Taking his usual proac- tive approach, Lovell Chief of Police suggested a pair of ordinances to the Lovell Town Council last week re- garding vicious dogs and synthetic marijuana, com- monly known as spice. Meeting with the coun- cil at the council's regu- lar November meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, Lewis said he wants to do something before someone gets hurt in the case of both ordinances. "As chief it's my obliga- tion that, if something glar- ing needs to be fixed...we've had the same ordinance for the last 10 years, and it doesn't let us do something preemptive," Lewis said. "There has to be a dog bite or something bad happen. We're getting more and more complaints." He noted that the town considered breed-related ordinances in the past, but he said with mixed breeds such ordinances are diffi- cult to enforce. Instead, the ordinance he is asking the council to examine allows the police department to act if an animal is acting dan- gerously. The ordinance would make it unlawful for any person in charge of a dan- gerous or vicious dog to al- low the animal to run loose on the person's property in a manner endangering any person lawfully entering the property or allow the animal to be unrestrained on any public street, side- walk, park or schoolyard or other private property. No animal sick with or liable to communicate ra- bies would be allowed in the town limits unless un- der the care of a veterinar- ian. If such an animal is vi- cious and cannot be safely impounded, the ordinance would allow an officer to "humanely euthanize" the dog. An officer would be able to impound an ani- mal after a citation is writ- ten and before the case has gone to court. A dog would not be con- sidered dangerous or vi- cious if a person threatened or injured by a dog was in the process of committing a crime on the property or was provoking, tormenting or physically abusing the animal. Any animal determined to be vicious "will" be euth- anized under the proposed ordinance. Any animal de- termined to be dangerous "may" be euthanized. "The draft we have here is a good starting point," Lewis said. "My recommen- dation is to start the process with this ordinance. I want to know what your feelings are. I want to make sure a kid selling Girl Scout cook- ies doesn't get attacked by a dog on a leash. Right now we can do absolutely noth- ing. I want to protect a post- al worker or a young kid selling Girl Scout cookies. "I want to put a dog owner on notice - in court - so if a dog shows that ten- dency again the owner can be cited." During discussion, Jer- ry Warman said he knows of three or four dogs in his neighborhood that "would take you if they could" and wondered if the town could use video evidence. "That's the point," Lew- is said. "Right now we could have a feature length movie on a dog and our ordinance doesn't allow us to do any- thing...I want to preempt that bite." SPICE ORDINANCE Lewis also presented a proposed ordinance ban- ning synthetic marijuana, commonly known as spice and sold as incense under a variety of names such as Black Mamba, K-2 and oth- ers. The product is sold as incense but is marketed to kids, Lewis said, is ex- tremely expensive and is sold from behind the coun- ter at convenience stores. "Incense went out with bell bottoms and black lights," Lewis said. "Every- one knows this is marketed toward kids. A lot of people have taken ill. They expe- rience paranoia and feel panicky. There have been a lot of ER visits because of this." Lewis said the Wyoming Legislature is considering legislation to ban spice, but there's no guarantee a new law would be passed dur- ing the next session and he would like to see the council act now. The council took both the vicious dog and spice ordinances under advise- ment. Lewis also informed the council that the volunteer- based visual observation agreement under which ~aid "volunteers" provide supervision for involuntary holds and hospitalizations for persons who threaten to harm themselves will con- tinue despite the reluctance of the current county attor- ney, Georgia Antley Hunt. (See related story.) TOWN AUDIT James Seckman, CPA, reported on his annual audit of the town's finan- cial condition and practic- es Tuesday and said the town's financial statements "present fairly, in all ma- terial respects, the respec- tive financial position of the governmental activities, the business type activities, and each major fund of the Town of Lovell, Wyoming, as of June 30, 2010." Seckman took the coun- cil through the audit report page by page and said that while cash flows have in- creased, they are not suf- ficient to retire the town's debt on projects, early, as many towns have done. He said it would be better to gradually increase util- ity rates 1 or 2 percent at a time rather than waiting a few years and then pass- ing on a 10 or 20 percent in- crease. Asked if the town is in good financial shape, Seek- man replied, "The Town has a lot of debt right now and it should be a priority to build up more reserves and retire bonds sooner than later. The town runs lean. It has fairly adequate reserves for the number of projects the town has undertaken." Seckman said it would be "dangerous" to use gen- eral fund money to retire debt given the current sta- tus of state funding for local governments. In other action last week: IrFrank Page of DOWL/ HKM Engineering re- ported that Mother Na- ture held off on the cold weather and gave the area a great fall so all of the paving on the South- west/Transmission Line Project has been com- pleted. He said a couple of concern areas have been taken care of and substantial completion should be reached by the end of the month. As for the upcoming South project, Page said work is continuing obtain- ing easements, and plan- ning is about 85 to 90 per- cent complete. He said the project is on schedule and going forward. Page also reported that paving on the Safe Routes to School project is also complete and work was be- ing finished on signs and pavement markings. ur In her monthly report, Sue Taylor of Lovell Inc. said a request for pro- posais for design servic- es on the Lovell incuba- tor building remodeling project has gone out and that November 30 is the due date for proposals. She said Lovell Inc. is seeking assistance from Town of LoveU Admin- istrative Assistant Scott Campbell to help coordi- nate the project. Taylor reported on a number of regional efforts including a possible Big Horn County Arts and Her- itage Council, a regional Heritage Corridor through the National Park Service and a four-state Wild West regional effort. IrCampbell reported on the town's work with the Wyoming DEQ on a veg- etative waste manage- ment plan and said he is still looking into a pos- sible land swap west of town. Another possibility is constructing a priva- cy wall around land the town owns on the corner of Montana and Third to be used for collecting leaves and limbs. The council asked Campbell to prepare a cost analysis for both ideas. The council voted to re- ject a bid for the remain- ing lots in the Lovell Clay Subdivision. 5J Con- tracting had submitted a bid of $48,001 for the lots, which have been ap- praised at $106,500. The council discussed but took no action on a debt owed to the town from Lovell Concrete and Ma- terials from a Commu- nity Development Block Grant loan issued sever- al years ago. ,~ Campbell brought an en- ergy lease program to the attention of the coun- cil, saying the town could borrow money at no in- terest for energy efficien- cy upgrades at town hall. Qualifying upgrades in- clude windows, insula- tion and a water heater. ~" Campbell discussed snow removal operations with the council, saying the town must priori- tize snow removal efforts due to limited resourc- es in the event of a ma- jor storm. He said Main Street is the top priority, followed by the school ar- eas and the Nevada and Shoshone hills. He said he would like input from the council and then plans to inform the pub- lic about the priorities. Campbell discussed plans to upgrade Constitution Park, saying that he has been working with the town crew on planning and conceptual develop- ment. He said he is look- ing into grants, including the possibility of a feder- al Land and Water Con- servation grant or a Dan- iels Fund grant. He said the town could match a grant with budget- ed money in the amount of $35,000 from the economic development fund, $7,500 from special projects, $7,500 from the park maintenance projects fund and $620 from the skate park donations fund. Another $20,000 or so could be matched with in- kind labor and materials, he said, meaning the town could probably come up with up to $70,000 in matching money toward around a $140,000 park project. The council gave Camp- bell the go-ahead to move forward with the project. The council moved the regular December meeting of the council up one day to Monday, Dec. 13, because the Lovell Elementary School K-3 Christmas pro- gram is scheduled for Dec. 14. 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[ Another THANK YOU goes to the Byron Bar for their generosity in feeding (at no cost to the judges) the [ election judges in Byron on Election Day! I AND YET ANOTHER THANK YOU' to the canvassing board who assisted with the recounts, verified the I accuracy of Big Horn Counties election and attended two days certifying the election !1.._._.` ,. I THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH! ~[~) ~j~7~ Pd f0rb OoriNo ,s] Y Yl O1ober, 20|0 MarKay McIntosh , Mclntosh is Lovell High School Student of the Month for October. MarKay was nominated by her civics teacher, Mr. Joshua Sand- ers. MarKay was named student of the month for several reasons par- ticularly her good study habits, going and beyond what is expected her teachers. She has been involved in volleyball, UW-MSIP and National Honor Society, and the senior class president. She plans to go into nursing and eventu- ally seek a degree as a pediatrician. MarKay said her favorite thing about LHS is math and homecoming week because everyone shows their spirit and competes in a healthy way. MarKay is the daughter of Keith and Jelli McIntosh. Promoting Excellence In Education: e V 284 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 307-548-2751