Meeting for Main Street businesses Monday

Owners and managers of Lovell Main Street businesses are urged to attend a special Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday to discuss the 2014 Main Street water and sewer and street overlay project that could disrupt business next summer.

In attendance will be representatives of the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation, project engineering firm DOWL HKM and members of the Lovell Town Council.

The no-host luncheon will begin at noon Monday at the Brandin’ Iron Restaurant in Lovell.

DOWL HKM engineer Andrew Mattie will attend along with DOWL HKM design engineer Sarah Mainwaring, Mattie said Tuesday. Several members of the council said Tuesday night that they will also attend.

Mattie said he believes WyDOT project engineer Ben Steed and District 5 construction engineer Keith Compton will also attend.

The meeting is designed to allow project planners and the business community to exchange information about how the project will affect businesses and what the needs of the businesses are. Mattie said the meeting is the first of many meetings but is very important because of the impact the project will have on access to Main Street stores and offices. Now is the time to begin planning for customer access including through the rear/alley entrance of particular businesses, if possible.

The project will include removal of the median strip, installation of a new sewer main down the center of Main Street, installation of a new water main slightly to the north, north-south lines at each intersection and service laterals to buildings and homes.

“The meeting is to get with the businesses and hear ideas and tell about the project and answer questions,” Mattie said. “WyDOT is running the show, and I’m there for backup.”

Information will be provided on how the project will proceed and access to sidewalks and buildings, and it’s “all open to discussion,” Mattie noted. “The end result is a plan, and we need input from businesses on how to proceed.”

By David Peck