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12 [The Lovell Chronicle [ December 16, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Lovell Fire Chief Jim Minchow (left) and Captain Bob Mangus (right) honored Ron Schmidt for his years of service with the Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept. last week. reman BY DAVID PECK Lovell Fire Chief Jim Minchow presented a plaque to retiring fireman Ron Schmidt, honoring him for his 25 years of service to the Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept. "Ron was always de- pendable," Minchow said. "He was a good fireman for years for us. We could al- ways count on him." Minchow said the LVFD is three or four mem- bers short of their full com- plement of 30, and officers are in the process of inter- viewing some prospective firemen. He said the de- partment has yet to replace Rich Fink, who retired last year after some 31 years with the department, and another fireman moved. Minchow said Dean Wolvington is currently the longest-serving fireman, noting, "He's probably been with the department for 35 or 36 years." All current officers were re-elected during a fire de- partment meeting in De- cember. The current lineup includes Chief Minchow, Assistant Chief Mike Jame- son (re-elected last year), Captain Bob Mangus, ap- pointed training officers Kevin Jones and Lynn Hitz and appointed secretary- treasure Wolvington. Minchow noted that the department is still collect- ing food for Christmas food baskets, which will be deliv- ered next week. BY DAVID PECK In her monthly report to the Lovell Town Coun- cil Monday, Lovell Inc. Di- rector Sue Taylor discussed the recent decision by the Wyoming Business Council to grant the town $491,000 to demolish the old hospi- tal building on East 10th Street. Noting questions about a required "environmental review" in the award letter from the business council, Taylor said various feder- al and state agencies have to sign off on the project but said that it shouldn't be a problem, noting that a major hurdle was already cleared when the State His- toric Preservation Office earlier gave its go-ahead on the project. She said she should have 80 percent of the clearance by the end of next week. Taylor said town attor- ney Sandra Kitchen is re- viewing a draft contract for a limited hazardous mate- rials inspection with an es- timated cost of $1,580 that will focus on ceiling tiles, wall plaster and roofing ma- terial. She said the hope is that two of the three catego- ries will come out negative for asbestos, which would allow the demolition project to be done within the bud- get of the grant. INCUBATOR BUILDING Taylor said she distrib- uted a request for qualifi- cations to 12 architectural firms for the architectur- al design and construction documents for the remodel- ing of the incubator building at 142 E. Third. Three pro- posals came back, and the council voted Monday to ap- prove a professional servic- es contract with Plan One Architects of Cody, a con- tract not to exceed $23,570. Finally, Taylor thanked the council for the confi- dence they have shown in Lovell Inc. by first form- ing and then continuing to support the economic devel- opment organization. She noted that while Lovell Inc. was formed with an initial appropriation of $300,000, the organization has been able to secure grants total- ing $837,500 for the com- munity. "I hope you feel you're getting a good return on your money," Taylor said. Mayor Bruce Morrison presented a plaque to Coun- cilwoman Jodi Lindsay, who was attending her final reg- ular meeting. The plaque notes "grateful appreciation for service and leadership on the town council," and Morrison added, "We do ap- preciate what you've done." Later, councilmen Bruce Wolsey, Scott All- red and Brian Dickson also thanked Lindsay. 'Tou've been an asset to the council and an asset to the citizens of Lovell," Dick- son said. "I hope you'll con- tinue to volunteer in other areas." Allred said he will miss Lindsay's attention to numbers the council works with. WATER AND SEWER UPDATE Frank Page of DOWL/ HKM Engineering said the Southwest/Transmis- sion Line water and sew- er project is just about fin- ished, with inspections by the funding agencies hav- ing been completed and advertising performed for the final payment, with all claims due by December 27. Page cautioned anyone with new concrete on or adjacent to their property to be very careful with salt or other deicers during the first year of the concrete's setting. He said the project came in 2 percent under budget. Page also said the first phase of the Safe Routes to School project is complete and came in at 2 percent under budget. He said he is now working on phase II, which includes the installa- tion of sidewalks down the Shoshone hill. The council passed Resolution 2010-21 authorizing submission of a SRTS grant to WyDOT for the second phase of the project. Finally, Page report- ed that work on plans and specifications for next year's Lovell South water and sew- er project is about 85 per- cent complete, and as soon as preliminary plans have been completed, he would like to submit a request for a permit to construct to the Wyoming Dept. of Environ- mental Quality. He said he would like to go to bid on the project in mid-March. The council voted to au- thorize the mayor to sign the DEQ permit to con- struct application when the paperwork is ready. In other business Mon- day: Lovell Administrative Assistant Scott Campbell said he is still working on a possible land swap west of town as part of the town's vegetative waste manage- ment plan with the DEQ Air Quality Division. The council voted to accept a proposal from Johnson Home and Land for marketing the lots in the Clay Housing Subdivison. L KARLA POMEROY Rocky Mountain Middle School players Kirby Winland (left) and Caleb Horrocks converge on a Cloud Peak player during Rocky's 32-8 win Friday afternoon in Burlington. BY CHERYL JOLLEY Heading into the con- ference tournament in Burlington, the RMMS "Grizzlies found themselves matched up against Cloud Peak Friday afternoon and defeated the Cougars 32-8. Bill Despain led the team Scoring with 16 points, fol- lowed by Kirby Winland with 8, Cannon Simmons 4 and Caleb Horrocks and Tanner Coleman 2 each. The Grizzlies then played rival Burlington for the title Saturday morn- ing. The Huskies outscored the young Grizz 19-8 in the first quarter despite Win- land scoring 6 and Coleman 2. They fell short_ again the second quarter, with Burl- ington scoring 11 to their 8 points. Winland and. Sim- mons each netted 4 points, leaving Rocky trailing 30- 16 as the first half ended. The struggle contin- ued into the third quarter, with Burlington leading the scoring 14-8. Simmons added 5 points and Win- land 3. The fourth quar- ter was close, with the Grizz outscoring the Hus- kies 5-4. Coleman scored 3 points, Winland 2. The fi- nal score was 48-29, which put Rocky as the second- place team in the confer- ence. Winland finished with 15 points, Simmons 9 and Coleman 5. BY KRISTIN EVANOFF The Lovell Middle School boys' basketball teams wrapped up their season at their respec- tive conference tourna- ments last Saturday, Dec. 11. Lovell's eighth- grade Mustangs hosted their tournament and started out strong with a win over Worland 44- 37. Alex Connour led all scorers with 17 points. Mysen McArthur and Aaron Monterde added 5, Daniel Strom, Dylan See and CJ Murphey 4 each, Michael Brightly 3 and Jeffrey Jameson 2. Lovell advanced in bracket play to face number-one-ranked Cody. The Mustangs fell to . Cody 32-12. Monterde had 6 points to lead Lovell scorers. Jameson, McKay Bax- endale and Connour scored 2 apiece. Coming off the tough loss to Cody, Lovell would meet Greybull for third place. Lovell dropped the final game to Greybull 42-20. Connour led the Mus- tangs with 7 points. See added 5, Tristen Snyder 3, Jameson and McAr- thur 2 each, Murphey 1. SEVENTH GRADE The seventh-grade Mustangs took on Pow- ell in the first round Saturday and fell short in a close game 42-36. Nic Haskell poured in 18 points to lead Lovell scorers, and Beau Green added 14. Konner Davis and Nyckalas Harvey scored 2 each. The Mustangs de- feated Greybull 35-19 for the consolation title. Lovell was led by Green with 15 points, Haskell 10. 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