MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
DECEMBER 4, 2018
The Town Council of the Town of Lusk met in regular session at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall on Tuesday December 4, 2018.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members, Rebecca Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
Dennis Meier, Town Attorney
John Eddy, Water/Sewer Superintendent
Bruce Himes, Streets/Sanitation Superintendent
Cory Wilcox, Shop Mechanic/EMT Director
James Santistevan, Cemetery/Parks, Emergency Management
Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent
Royce Thompson, Electric Superintendent, Airport Manager
Bo Krein, Chief of Police
Doug Jergenson, Animal Control
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order.
Sarah Jo Goddard age 7, Maggie Goddard age 5, and Cora Goddard age 3, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, to approve the agenda as printed, SECOND BY
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
Absolute Solutions Fire Dept. New Equipment $1,471.96
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $618.62
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $140.74
Asbestos & Technical Services, Inc. Property Acquisition $6,080.00
Avenet, Inc. Email Services Police Department $150.00
BankCard Center Training/Uniforms/Postage/Supplies/Misc. $2,513.18
Bellwood Tree Service Cemetery Tree Removal $3,500.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance $30,340.42
Bluffs Sanitary Supply Supplies $266.97
Boldon Diesel Services Water Vehicle Repair $2,149.10
Caselle Inc. Support and Maintenance $1,100.00
CenturyLink Business Phone – Long Distance $37.47
C&H Tire & Trailer Rep. Equipment Repair $35.00
Connecting Point Copier Lease $43.00
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge Salary $1,000.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $289.48
Delta Dental Plan of WY Employee Payroll Deduction $673.20
Double Y Parts and Supplies $127.50
Energy Labs. Inc. Landfill Well Monitoring $5,837.00
Golden West Industrial Police Dept. New Equipment $195.45
Great American Financial Copier Lease $351.00
Great West Trust Co. WRS 457 Plan Deferred Comp $200.00
Franks Parts Company Repair/Parts/Supplies/Snow Removal $2,666.40
Heth, Dovie Utility Deposit Refund $32.35
Interstate Batteries Supplies & Equipment Repair $466.85
Jergenson, Doug Animal Control Salary $900.00
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment Lease $619.37
Meier Building PD Rent $800.00
Black Hills Energy Gas Utilities $596.48
Border State Industries Border State Industries Inc. $771.26
Kurtzer’s Parts & Supplies $85.67
Law Enforcement Systems, Inc. Police Dept. Supplies $327.00
Krueger, Candice Utility Deposit Refund $47.77
Lusk Herald Advertising $1,153.74
Lusk Lodging Tax Board Lodging Tax Distribution $10,484.54
Meier Law Office Retainer Fee $3,000.00
Mes-Rocky Mountains Fire Dept. Supplies & Testing $1,794.70
Miller Construction Shop Maintenance $5,774.00
Money, Rhonda Police Dept. Meetings & Investigation $1,666.56
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Public Relations Misc. $187.50
Niobrara County Library Internet Contract $250.00
Nio. Co. Treasurer Communication Contract $6,301.50
Niobrara Electric Assoc. Landfill Charge $48.86
Normans Memorials Cemetery Misc. $375.00
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel $2,742.94
Pitney Bowes Inc. Office Supplies $199.97
Platte County School Pre-Employment Drug Test $80.00
Century Link Phone & Internet $1,333.22
Ranchers Feed & Supply Parts & Supplies $69.86
Rawhide Drug Co. Ambulance Dept. Supplies $17.20
Respond First Aid Shop Supplies $490.55
Solid Waste Professionals Engineering Fees Landfill $410.00
Source Equipment Equipment Repair $16,978.48
Stryker Equipment Repair $1,095.81
TDS Trash Collection Tipping Fees & Supplies $6,880.06
Titan Machinery Backhoe Repair $73.51
Torrington Office Supply Office Supplies $227.77
Town House Motel Ambulance Training $49.00
Trihydro Landfill Well Repair $5,891.62
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Haul $1,500.00
Valley Motor Supply Supplies $5.26
Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Expense $178.00
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $107,430.56
Western Medical Management Ambulance Billing $243.85
WEX Bank Ambulance Fuel $49.40
WY Dept. of Environmental Quality Registration Fee for Tanks $50.00
WYCO Recycling Trailer Rent $200.00
WY Assoc. of Rural Water System 2019 Voting Membership $450.00
Wyoming Dept. of Rev. Sales Tax Payable $5,617.69
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $13,233.28
WY Dept. of WorkForce Worker’s Comp $2,019.36
Total Vouchers $262,987.03
Lusk State Bank Wire Transfer to First American Title Ins. $103,987.22
Royce Thompson Per Diem $19.00
Pete Kruse Per Diem $19.00
BankCard Center Supplies/Office Purchases/New Equip. $857.42
WYO Group Construction Landfill Closure Final Payment $13,974.80
Cigna Reimbursement for Ambulance Bill $434.69
Lusk Post Office Utility Billing $209.16
GCSAA Golf Course Superintendent Membership Renewal $380.00
Christopher Green Per Diem Douglas Training $110.00
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER SECOND, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the Treasurer’s report that includes the financial condition and manual checks. MOTION CARRIED. The Treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held November 6, 2018. MOTION CARRIED.
Ellie Bukowski from Niobrara County High School, Eva’s Titchener’s Service Learning Class, selected the Animal Shelter for her project. Ms. Bukowski presented to the Council Blankets, Towels, and a check for $156.00 from the “Service Learning” bake sale for the Animal Shelter.
The Town greatly appreciates Ms. Bukowski’s generous donation to the Lusk Animal Shelter.
The department heads gave updates on their respective departments:
Chief Krein reported that Officers are starting training. One Officer is at armor school and another will be doing “Drug Recognition Expert” training. This month the police department will be participating in training for child assault investigations. The drug take back for prescription medication in conjunction with the school went well.
Cory Wilcox told the Council that the final EMS test will be in a couple weeks and four people will be taking the State test.
Linda Frye reported that the Town is moving forward with the Hazard Mitigation Property Acquisition Grant. The homes have been tested for asbestos and the removal has been put out for bids. The bid opening will be Monday December 10th at 3:00 p.m. The fourth closing for the James and Jessie Bonsell Property will be this Thursday at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Todd Skrukrud stated that D.C. Drilling is starting work on the monitoring for the methane probes at the landfill.
Mayor Lytle read the amended Ordinance No. 8-15-150, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 8-15-150, “Dispensing Room Restriction” to Include an Exception Allowing Minors in the Bar for the Limited Purpose of Dining. Linda Frye gave information on the meeting that was held on November 19th with Liquor License holders. Connie Halligan Owner of The Pub and Stephanie Scott Manager of the Silver Dollar were in attendance. Mayor Lytle asked for public input. There was a lengthy discussion on the pros and cons of changing the ordinance. Some suggestions were to limit the length of time they can remain in the bar, and have them to actively buy food. It was stated that this is an opportunity for businesses to make more revenue. This is the first reading of this ordinance. There will be two more readings and the Town is asking for public input at these meetings.
Mayor Lytle moved the Golf Course Superintendent Contract to after the executive session.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Ordinance No. 8-15-150, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 8-15-150, “Dispensing Room Restrictions” to Include an Exception Allowing Minors in the Bar for the Limited Purpose of Dining on first reading. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER, AND MAYOR LYTLE VOTED AYE, COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN VOTED NAY. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Resolution No. 18-14, “A Resolution Adopting the ‘2018 Niobrara County Emergency Operation Plan’ as the Emergency Operation Plan for the Town of Lusk, Wyoming”. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the Airport Hanger Lease between the Town of Lusk and Travis Bruegger. MOTION CARRIED. Mayor Lytle asked Royce Thompson to get an official waiting list for hanger rental.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to convene into executive session for personnel matters at 6:05 p.m.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to reconvene into regular session. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the Golf Course Professional Services, Golf Course Superintendent Contract between the Town of Lusk and Sean Duffy. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve Christmas Bonus for full-time and part-time Employees. MOTION CARRIED.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday January 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas L. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No 5179 Published in The Lusk Herald on December 19, 2018.