South Project chugging along

The South Phase of the Lovell water and sewer infrastructure project is advancing south on Nevada Avenue.

Engineer Frank Page of DOWL/HKM Engineering reported at the Lovell Town Council meeting last week that the first manhole was placed on the day of the meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

“Only 40 more to go,” he said.

Contacted this week for an update, Page said new sewer line has been placed from Seventh south to the top of the Nevada hill, and water line was starting at Seventh and Nevada on Wednesday.

“We’re finding all of the services, and people are cooperating,” Page said. “It’s going well.”

He said sewer work should be completed on Nevada by Thanksgiving or shortly after. Water line work will proceed up the hill, taking three to four weeks. It is hoped to have all of the water and sewer lines – including the new line east of Nevada across the top of the bench – by Christmas.

Page also said the project closeout process is under way for both the Southwest/Transmission Line project and the Safe Routes to School project on Seventh Street, with both projects in the 11th month of the one-year warranty period. He said a walk-through on the SRTS project was held Nov. 7, and a walk-through on the Southwest/Transmission Line project was held Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The council voted to authorize Mayor Bruce Morrison to sign the certificate of completion for the projects.

In her monthly report, Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor said Lovell Inc. is back at the building at 142 E. Third St. with the remodeling project mostly finished and that everything is “mostly operating.” She said the project is substantially complete and the contractor Penrose Construction has 41 days from Oct. 26 to complete punch list items.

Taylor also discussed the Asset Based Community Development skills and assets survey that is currently being offered to the public, with surveys available online at or at the Lovell Senior Center, the Lovell Branch Library, town hall and the Lovell Inc. office.

The mayor read a proclamation setting the dates for the survey, which runs through next Monday, Nov. 21. He urged every citizen in town to complete the skills and assets survey.

In other action last week, the council discussed a recommendation from the Town Planning and Zoning Commission to approve a change in the special use permit for Mane Line Head to Toe Full Service Salon to include tattoo art services and permanent makeup at the salon. The commission approved the recommendation at a hearing Nov. 7, and the town will now hold a public hearing on the modified special use permit on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

• The council approved changes to the town personnel policy that define a 40-hour work week for the purposes of overtime and clarify emergency and non-emergency callout procedures, plus scheduled overtime.

• Emergency Management Coordinator Keri Wilske provided an update on the process of the town becoming a Storm Ready Community. She attended a meeting in Riverton with county coordinator John Hyde and said the town is close to being certified.

• In order to comply with a new statute passed by the Wyoming Legislature, the council voted to approve a plan giving preference to resident design firms for construction projects. The council then passed a certification statement, again following legislation, stating that the town will comply with the 5 percent in-state contractor preference for construction projects.

• Councilman Dickson reported that he and engineer Page recently attended a meeting of the Wyoming Water Development Commission in Casper concerning grants for future projects. He said the Main Street phase of the water and sewer infrastructure project is on the approval list for funding the design phase of the project. He said the WWDC will consider funding requests again in January, and if the list is again approved, the funding requests will go before the Wyoming Legislature during the budget session in February.

• Mayor Morrison reported after attending a recent meeting of the Foster Gulch Golf Board that 7,394 golfers from many states used the course in 2011, calling the golf course a “great asset to the community.”

• Jim Szlemko suggested that, in light of recent meetings on the entryways to town, the town consider lighting the two “Welcome to Lovell” signs at each end of Main Street.

By David Peck