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Lusk receives money for community improvement projects

Posted: Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012

LUSK - What can one do with a check for $2,594.35? How about beautifying one’s surroundings and catching up on some horticultural projects? That’s what the Town of Lusk will be doing with a $2,594.35 check from Wyoming Community Gas. Stephanie Reeves, Business Development Manager of Wyoming Community Gas, presented the check to the town council on Tuesday evening.

The money was bestowed upon the town as part of the Community Project Distribution program. Reeves stated that the program started in 1997 when the board of Wyoming Community Gas decided to give surplus funds back to member communities. Each June, the board gathers to decide how the money will be distributed. That decision is made according to a “formula” that prevents the disproportionate allocation of money. According to Reeves, the formula levels the playing field by making it “fair for the smaller communities to compete with the larger communities so that the larger ones won’t take all of the pot and don’t leave anything for the smaller ones.”

“We developed a formula that we considered fair and, looking at the money that we’ve given over the years, particularly to the smaller communities, we see that it has been significant,” Reeves said. “So, we feel that the formula is very good.”

Reeves painted a relatively modest portrait of Wyoming Community Gas. Nevertheless, the company’s frugality and fiscal responsibility has enabled it to return its excess funds to its client communities.

“We don’t make much money, but we don’t have many expenses,” Reeves said. “This is not a rip-roaring, wealthy company that’s going to be on the Fortune 500 at any particular time. We do well, we pay our bills, and he rest we give back to the community.”

Lusk Town Clerk Linda Decker told the Herald that the money would be used for the community garden and the replacement of broken trees along the main street. More specifically, the funds would be used to make several horticulture-related purchases, including more raise beds, a new shed, a weed eater, and a shredder for compostable materials.

In other business, the council approved a $34,000 from Timberline Services for the demolition of Lusk’s community pool. The bid was the lowest of four. The largest bid was $76,000. In its present condition, Lusk’s pool is virtually non-functional. More specifically, substantial leakage and a broken pump beset the old pool. Director of Public Works Todd Skrukud has stated in past town council meetings that the current pool is beyond repair. Thus, it must be either replaced of further monetary expenditures must be applied to its continual repair.

The replacement of the pool is being made possible by the One Percent Specific Purpose, which passed in the August election.

For the complete article see the 11-14-2012 issue.

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