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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 18, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Lovell Elementary School peer mediators were recently selected for the 2010-11 school year. Pictured are (back row, l-r) Logan Nunn, Trevan Lewis, Delanee Miller, Sable Angell, Aspen Davis, Kincaid Johnson and Gavin Wilske (front row, l-r) Logan Hitz, Emily Roth, Bailey Mitchell, Kelsie Mollett and Madison Bryson. Not pictured: Hannah Cruz. going to Another 20 Bighorn Sheep from Oregon will call Wyoming's Seminoe Moun- tains home if upcoming trapping/transplant opera- tions proceed as planned. According to WGFD Bighorn Sheep coordina- tor Kevin Hurley, the new transplant will supplement 20 Oregon sheep released Dec. 2, 2009, in the Semi- noes along with 12 Bighorns from the Devil's Canyon area above LoveI1 released Jan. 3, 2010. Hurley said the sheep released last year are doing well and at least a dozen lambs were docu- mented this spring from last winter's transplant. The status of the sheep has also been verified by lo- cal WGFD biologist Greg Hiatt. '%Ve have been flying the Seminoes every month to monitor the movements and locations of the sheep," Hiatt said. "So far we have had no mortality on any of the radio-collared sheep." To help the sheep get a jump start on their new home, coyote control will be done before the release with the assistance of USDA APHIS Wildlife Servic- es and the Carbon County Predator Management Dis- trict, with funding provided by Wyoming's Animal Dam- age Management Board and the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation. "This will help the sheep avoid predation until they become familiar with their new surroundings," Hurley said. BY DAVID PECK Now that he's a few months into his job, Town of Lovell Administrative As- sistant Scott Campbell said he's becoming more aware of the challenges and op- portunities facing the com- munity of Lovell, he told the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Monday. Campbell briefed the Chamber during the orga- nization's monthly general membership meeting Mon- day at Lange'sKitchen. After a long career in facilities management, Campbell said his role with the Town of Lovell is some- what similar - managing time, labor and available resources - but he also sees himself working in the ar- eas of economic develop- ment, housing and what he called "encouragement" and "attitude." Campbell told the Chamber that the citizens of Lovell need to decide whether they want the com- munity to grow or stay the way it is. He said he would like a goal to shoot for and noted that a town needs a population of 4,400 people Scott Campbell to be classified as a "first class city" under the rules and regulations governing municipalities. That's a good goal to shoot for, he said, but it would also mean more traf- fic, a busier community and the like. "What do you want?" he asked. "I need a goal to work toward." Campbell said that with the federal government "bankrupting our country," purchasing power is re- duced and the cost of doing business is growing, so it is important for the town to discover how to get the best deals and get the best "bang for the buck." It will take a community working together, he said, but he said it is ultimately a matter of attitude. Lovell Inc. held a "Your Town" planning meeting Thursday night and only two citizens attended. 'Tou hold a meeting and no one shows up. Why?" he asked. "Why is nobody com- ing? Are we that comfort- able? Is there no reason for change? How do we over- come that?" He asked if people want to participate in their com- munity or if there is "de facto ambivalence" where the community says, "What happens happens." The problem is, he said, that when that attitude is tak- en, a community loses con- trol of what does happen be- Cause change is inevitable. Change becomes chaotic, rather than planned. TOWN PROJECTS Campbell also updat- ed the Chamber on various projects the town is work- ing on. He said the town is continuing to work with the Wyoming DEQ to main- tain open burning in town, seeking a permanent place for limbs and leaves to be deposited if a neighbor has difficulty with smoke. He said recycling is an issue the town is examining but the town has to make sure it can pay for it because re- cycling is not profitable. He said the Southwest/ Transmission Line phase of the water and sewer project is finished except for tying up some loose ends, and he said the South project will go to bid this winter. Campbell called the wa- ter and sewer project a 100- year project, and he said that Lovell is ahead of the curve. While other commu- nities see their rates climb around the state to do the same kind of work Lovell has already undertaken, Lovell will already have taken the necessary steps to upgrade its infrastructure. The last remaining link of the project is the Main Street phase, and he said the timing of that phase is controlled by 'the Wyo- ming Dept. of Transporta- tion around a planned Main Street maintenance project. He said the town would like to use the money WyDOT spends on its project to match grants for the final Main Street phase. Campbell said it is dis- concerting that the town is continuing to suffer from a lot of unaccountable wa- ter loss, even though three phases of the water and sewer project have been completed, leading the town to believe that much of the loss is taking place on Main Street, where the water mains feed the water sys- tem. The town is continuing to plan and work on other maintenance projects like crack sealing, street repairs and sidewalk repairs. He said there are some side- walks on Main Street that need to be replaced, but such a project may need the cooperation of proper- ty owners and "times are tough." Campbell said work on the Northeast Park has been completed, and now the town is examining up- grades to Constitution Park like enhancements to the skate park, adjacent land- scaping, a walking path and playground development. He said he would like to add vendor hookups at the park like power and water hookups so vendors can set up shop when an event is held at the park. He called the hookups an "economic development tool." He said he would also like to see a band shell con- structed in one of the parks for cultural events. Finally, he said, eco- nomic development is the key to a community becom- ing sustainable and he said one of the keys in Lovell's case is housing, which he said the town and Lovell Inc. have established as their primary goal going forward. He said Lovell has a strong payroll coming out of its plants, but payroll money doesn't just leak out of the community, it "runs out," he said. 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