Town seeks input on entryway enhancements

The entrances to Main Street in Lovell could use some sprucing up, and the Lovell Town Council is asking citizens to help with ideas.

Mayor Bruce Morrison announced at a special council meeting Monday that he would like to initiate a process to enhance the town’s entryways as part of the Main Street water and sewer project to be under way a couple of years from now.

“We’ve kicked this around for a few years,” the mayor said, “and as we are preparing to do Main Street, there is some possible funding available. It’s time to start this in motion.”

Morrison said he would like to form a committee to gather ideas about how to enhance the entrances to Main on the east and west ends of town.

“I want to get everybody on board,” he said. “Val (Beal, town clerk/treasurer) has been working on a preliminary plan. I’d like to see a walking path to the community center and clear to the (Shoshone River) bridge. The highway will be four lanes (in the future). I want people to be able to go out on one side and back on the other.”

Morrison said he would also like to beautify each entrance to Main Street, perhaps with trees lining the street.

“I’m taking a lot of flak because Cowley has such nice entryways,” he said. “I’d like to start the ball rolling. I think it’s something we need to pursue.”

Beal said she has been researching funding possibilities with the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation and noted that certain things will be required before District Engineer Shelby Carlson can “advocate on behalf of the town” in the State Improvement Program. She said the town must come up with a plan as soon as possible.

Morrison said he would like to form a committee to come up with ideas for entryway enhancements and called a meeting for Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at town hall for anyone interested in service on the committee/and or with ideas for the committee and town to consider. In the mean time, citizens can contact Morrison, Beal or Town Hall with ideas or to express interest in serving.

In other action Monday:

•There were no comments at a public hearing concerning the renewal of town liquor licenses other than information from Craig Trumbull of the Brandin’ Iron that the restaurant is changing from a bar and grill license to a restaurant license.

•The council voted unanimously to approve all town liquor license renewals upon verification that their license advertising costs have been paid.

•After discussion with and explanation from Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor, the council voted to approve Change Order No. 3 for the Town of Lovell/Lovell Inc. Incubator Building in the amount of $4,300 for the addition of insulation between the ceiling and roof and two awnings on the east side of the building. A future change order may include repair of brick and mortar damage, landscaping and drainage improvement.

•Councilman Kevin Jones announced that the town has been approved for a cost share adjustment through the Firewise Program that will increase the state reimbursement from $500 per acre to $1,000 per acre for work on town land along the Globe Canal. The council voted to authorize the mayor to sign the new cost sharing application.

•Rich Fink and Karen Spragg of the Lovell-Kane Museum Board presented an update on the recent fundraiser on Sept. 17, which raised some $8,500 for the museum. They also said an anonymous donor has given the board a $5,000 donation.

By David Peck