Town, rec district to raise pool fees

It looks like fees are going up at the Lovell swimming pool.

Acting on a recommendation from the Lovell Recreation Dept., the Lovell Town Council voted Tuesday night to raise some fees and institute some new fees. Though a part of the Lovell High School campus, the building is owned by the Town of Lovell.

Councilman Bruce Wolsey presented the new fee schedule to the council Tuesday. Under the proposal, individual fees would double from $1 per swim to $2 per swim. A 25-visit pass would double from $20 to $40. Annual individual and family passes would remain the same at $100 and $250, respectively.

For the first time, youth groups and non-profit groups would be charged at a rate of $25 for two hours for one to 20 swimmers, with the cost of an extra lifeguard added on if there are more than 20 swimmers. For profit companies can rent the pool for $75 per hour plus $10 for each additional hour. Swimming club use would cost $200 per month, but school use is free to the schools.

The council voted to accept the Lovell Rec Dept.’s fee schedule effective when a new use agreement is completed. The vote was 4-1 with councilman Kevin Jones opposed.

Main Street Project

In his monthly report, engineer Andrew Mattie of DOWL HKM Engineering said the 90 percent plan submission for the 2014 Main Street Project has been submitted to the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation, the Wyoming Water Development Commission, the State Loan and Investment Board and the Town of Lovell.

A meeting of the interested parties and funding agencies was held in September, Mattie said, to review the plan. He said minor comments were made by the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality concerning a needed variance at the Quebec intersection, and WyDOT is working with DOWL HKM on project responsibilities as a cooperative agreement is in the works.

Mattie said he expects to see final plans by the end of October to be distributed for comment, and he said WyDOT is looking at a February bid letting. He said he would prefer a January bid letting because of the length of the project and the ability to obtain lower bids during mid-winter.

Mattie said WyDOT and the town will complete two blocks at a time, but he said he hasn’t seen planned traffic controls yet. He said once the project begins he would like to work with the Lovell Chronicle to publish weekly updates, including a map, and he said there will also be weekly meetings that business and home owners can attend.

Turning to the North survey monument project, Mattie said contractor Wilson Brothers Construction placed 16 monuments on the north side of town. The installation went well, he said, with no problems reported, and the concrete is now curing.

“Wilson did an excellent job,” Mattie said.

As for the North chip and crack sealing project, Mattie said advertising for the acceptance, final payment and settlement has been completed with all claims due by Oct. 29. The council voted to release the final 5 percent retainage of $15,000 to contractor Hardrives Inc. contingent upon no liens being filed against the project and all lien releases received.

Fall cleanup

Town Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal and Assistant Treasurer Ed Allred reported that the fall cleanup has gone very well with the landfill coupon system functioning as planned.

“It’s going very well from what we’ve seen,” Beal said.

“We’ve had no complaints,” Allred added.

Councilman Scott Allred said the Lovell Police Department has recommended some minor changes and would like to see the program done quarterly.

“I think it’s been really successful,” Allred said.

The program continues through Saturday, Oct. 19.

Under public comments, parent support group Maryanne Bischoff approached the council about the Lovell FFA chapter constructing fall welcome to Lovell displays at each end of town. The colorful displays made of hay bales, pumpkins and the like would be in place from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, Bischoff said. Mayor Morrison agreed to approach a landowner about the use of a lot on the east end of town.

by David Peck