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The Sundance Times Page 16 December 3, 2012 i:i~il !~i~ i!i OR are Element Resources Christmas Open House Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Sundance Office - 2209 E. Cleveland Ave. Fdday, December 14, 2012 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Upton Office - 504 Pine St. #7 Please stop by for snacks and refreshmentsl For more information, please contact Linda at 307-283-3500 or Mike at 307-281-0517 BEAR tODOe4.41 December 19, 4-7 p.m. Food, Beverages, and Door Prizes. Fitness Center Specials Bring a S10.donation to the Community Chnstmas Basket and receive a free T-shirt (whde supphes last). Come and meet everyone and see our facility. ,lnlng BY SARAH PRIDGEON Water and garbage rates are set increase in the new year in line with the city's long term plan for its systems to be self- sustaining. Water and sewer will be raised by four percent, while garbage and recycling will go up by seven percent. "We're following suggestions from the rates study we had done a while back to get us up to a position where we're able to pay for repairs and infrastructure," explained Mayor Paul Brooks. "We were actually recommended to raise it by more than 100 percent, but we said we couldn't do that. " Instead, we raised it by 35 percent and we'll keep raising it by three to four percent per year until we're self-sustaining. It's not as bad as it sounds, it works out to be pennies." Each year, he continued, the rate setter proposes the change for the council to approve. Along with Council Member April Gill, the mayor "fought hard" for increases to be at the coun- cil's discretion, rather than automatic. "Most of us hate it, but when I started we were running in the red each month," added Gill. "We're progressing and making huge steps in town - we'd rather raise it a little at a time than a huge amount all at once." The seven percent increase for garbage will also allow the city to apply for a Joint Powers Act loan from the State Loan and Investment Board, which will enable completion of the transfer station. SLIB, said Mayor Brooks, will not consider the application until the increase is approved. The rate schedule will be effective from January 1 and will affect water, sewer, garbage hauling, landfill and recycling rates both inside and outside city limits. ance BY SARAH PRIDGEON ..................... The City of Sundance has officmlly adop e .... ........ ....... ' " .... West as the mission statement by which it request was made by Kathy Lenz, Clerk-Treasurer, with the support of Todd Fritz, Police Chief, and Larry Schommer, Public Works Director. Lenz was inspired to make the request after seeing the Code of the West in action at Trihydro Engineering. "When we went to Trihydro Engineering for the first time, we were so impressed with how they treated their employees - it's like a 300-person family," explained Lenz. tsp. dried oregano tsp. salt "When I first came here, it was everyone for themselves and, cup water 1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce 1 envelope spaghetti sauce mix 6-8 oz. sliced mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese cup grated parmesan cheese In Ig. skillet, brown ground beef. Drain well. Stir in onion, green pepper, garlic, oregano, water, hot pepper sauce, tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce mix; simmer for 10 min., stirring occasionally. Set aside. In sin. mixing bowl, combine milk, oil and eggs; beat 1 min. at med. speed. Add flour and salt; beat 2 min. at med. speed until smooth. Pour hot meat mixture into ungreased ovenproof skillet or baking pan. Top with sliced cheese. Pour batter over cheese, covedng filling completely. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 400= for 25-30 min. or until puffed and deep golden brown. Crook County Brought to you by: CattleWomen Recipes if you could bring someone down, it was a better day. Not any more," she continued. "We now have a great team and a great mayor. This is about unity and having each other's backs, to set up a team for the future as new people come in and the community grows." The Code of the West is a set of simple, timeless principles based on individual character and personal principle, rather than laws and regulation. It's based on the courage, opti- mism and hard work of the cowboy and the basic values that lie at the heart of the cowboy way. Comprised of Ten Principles to Live By, the Code of the West encourages us to: live each day with courage, take pride in our work, always finish what we start, do what has to be done, be tough but fair, keep promises we make, ride for the brand, talk less and say more, remember that some things aren't for sale and know where to draw the line. "I am a believer," added Mayor Paul B oks. =Years ago I thought mission statements were bunk, but now I realize that if we meet a dilemma and have criteria already set, we can use them to resolve it." A resolution to adopt the Code of the West was unanimously passed by the City Council at this month's regular meeting. Women With Melody will present "Pop Music of the 20" Century" in two performances this coming weekend in Spearfish. Peggy Howard of Sundance sings in the group which will perform a great selection of music, including holiday music. A $5 donation is suggested at the door with a portion of the proceeds going to the Backpack for Kids program and the BHSU Friends of Music. Performances will be 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1020 State Street and at 2 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16 at the Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus. lver Just in time for the holidays, PRECorp will retire approxi- mately $1.9 million in capital credits to its cooperative mem- ber-owners. Powder River Energy's board of directors authorized the pay- ment at their October meeting based on the sound financial condition of the cooperative. Capital credits are a major benefit of being a member of an electric cooperative. At the close of each fiscal year, all revenue received in excess of expenses is allocated back to the mem- bership in the form of capital credits. The amount of capital credits assigned to a member's account is based on the amount of electricity purchased during the year. The total amount in a member's capital credit account represents the value of owner- ship in the Cooperative. "Sharing is part of our electric cooperative values. Members share their opinions on how the coopetativ should be run, and they share in the cooperative's financial success. Return- ing capital credits puts money back into communities," said Board President Walt Christensen. This year's capital credit retirement is being paid to approxi- mately 14,500 customers who were members of the cooperative and received electric service in 1983 and 2011. Capital credit checks in excess of $20 will be mailed on Fri- day, December 14. Members who have capital credits less than $20 will see the dollars applied as a deduction from their De- cember bill. Any former member who has less than $20 in their capital credit account will receive a full refund on December 14. Letters will accompany the checks, offering the members an opportunity to donate their capitai credits to the Powder River Energy Foundation. The Foundation supports youth education and arts programs, community development, and other com- munity charities. Members with address changes or questions regarding their refund check or capital credit account should call Member Ser- vices at Powder River Energy, 1-800-442-3630. Powder River Energy Corporation is a customer-owned, non- profit electric utility headquartered in Sundance, Wyoming, serving approximately 11,900 active electric meters at resi- dences, ranches, coal mines, oil and gas wells, businesses, and industry in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston counties in northeastern Wyoming. Registration begins 11-9-12. Youreceive one ticket for every purchase at a participating merchant. Prizes awarded are as follows: ~MAOJ,~t~ 4th place 25.00 3rd place $50.00 GRAND PRIZE $250.00 All prize awarded in 5undance Bucks. Sundance Bucks are redeemable at participating local merchant SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RETAILER TO ENTER ce Yard signs and Banners are available from the Times! " Call or email us for details. Times 307-283-3411 news@sundancefimes.com On the web! www.sundancetimes.com Council: cor#ir~oedfrompoge , delegate for Sundance at the Wyoming Association of Munici- palities convention. Mike Finn of Rare Earth Resources then extended an invitation to the whole county to the company's open houses in Sundance on December 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and in Upton the following day. Finn also commended the council and mayor on the neatness and cleanliness of Sundance. "I drive around every night when I pick my wife up from work and I'm impressed," he said, ex- plaining that he would like Upton to follow suit. In departmental reports, Police Chief Fritz reported 53 calls this month and the harvest of two deer so far, having received the permit for deer control in late November. He told the coun- cil of his intention to apply earlier for a permit next year to avoid delay and to harvest more deer in December. Schommer reported 87 percent water accountability for the month and told the council that he is looking at the accuracy of the meters on the wells as part of the Level 1 Water Study. He also reported that construction of the transfer station has run into a gypsum limestone rock layer that will require some excavation. Mayor Brooks reminded the council of the upcoming NE Wy- oming Municipal Leaders meeting on December 8 in Gillette and announced that, along with Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz, he will be attending a Business Council Meeting in Laramie to discuss the Cole Water Tank project. The mayor ended the meeting by thanking everyone for their hard work over the year. "It's been a good year, we've got a lot done and everyone is doing a great job. I hope we can do even more next year," he said. i